Skagit & Hope Islands


Sea Kayak - Skagit & Hope Islands

Student paddle for graduates of the Mountaineers Basic Sea Kayaking courses. What better way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Seattle’s decision not to build a nuclear power plant at the east end of the Deception Pass area than with a 7+ nautical mile paddle around Skagit and Hope Islands?

  • Sea Kayak II
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.5 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 12 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 1 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 2 kts
  • Pace: Moderate

We’ll meet at 9:00am at the Cornet Bay boat ramp. Please plan to arrive by the meeting time, or earlier if you need more time to get your kit in order. Launch will be at 10:00am sharp. We will take a break on Skagit Island and have lunch on Hope Island. I expect we will return to Cornet Bay after 4:00pm.

Remember to bring your Discover Pass for parking, or be prepared to purchase one at the kiosk next to the boat ramp.

As with all Mountaineers SK trips, participants need to provide their own boats, gear, food, and water. Dry suits or wetsuits suitable for sea kayaking are required for this paddle due to water temperature and the possibility of capsize. Expect to encounter rough water at times, particularly in the presence of power boat wakes, when rounding Hoypus Point, and at the passage between Ala Spit and Hope Island.


Skagit & Hope Islands

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

These eight essentials plus The Ten Essentials are required on all sea kayaking trips.  All but the whistle and clothing should be provided with any kayak rental.

  1. Floatation in both ends of the kayak
  2. U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  3. Paddle
  4. Spray skirt
  5. Bilge pump with floatation
  6. Self-rescue paddle float
  7. Waterproof whistle
  8. Appropriate clothing for the conditions encountered seasonally
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