Sea Kayak - Steilacoom to Point Defiance

This is a leader mentored trip for Fred Innam. Ride the ebb one-way with a 4.2 max ebb at The Narrows. Dry suit required.

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  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 12.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 3.0 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 4.2 kts

TBA with leader's permission

I expect this sea kayak trip to have this difficulty and plan to paddle in up to these conditions (view the sea kayak difficulties definitions on our Activity Types, Difficulties & Prerequisites page):

  • Difficulty: SK III-III+
  • Wind:  15 kts
  • Waves:  2-3'
  • Currents:  0-4.2 kt
  • Distance:  12+ nm
    • Pace:  current assisted

Steilacoom to Point Defiance

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

These seven 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
  9. Marine radio and tow rope if you have them.
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