CHS - Just for Fun - Blake Island

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS - Just for Fun - Blake Island

A 12-mile boat ride from Fisherman's Terminal, through Ballard Locks, to beautiful Blake Island in Puget Sound, and a 5-mile loop hike along the island's entire coastline. Along the way, we'll stop to play and beach-comb on all three beaches on the island, and enjoy spectacular views of the Seattle skyline, Mount Rainier, and the Olympic mountain ranges. Hopefully we'll also see some Black-tailed deer and bald eagles. The $20 registration fee goes towards 50% of the cost of the private boat charter - the rest is generously funded by CHS.

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  • Easy
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 50 ft
  • Pace: 1.0-2.0 mph

We will depart from Fisherman's Terminal, on 3919 18th Avenue West, Seattle, WA 98119, at 9:00 AM, aboard a private chartered boat for the 12-mile boat ride to Blake Island, crossing into Puget Sound through Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.

I suggest arriving early to enjoy the terminal, which is located on the Washington Ship Canal where the Magnolia, Ballard, and Queen Anne neighborhoods intersect. It is an intriguing and historic destination in itself. This is where the North Pacific Fishing Fleet (featured in "Deadliest Catch") has been based since 1914.

There is plenty of parking. Please email me if you have any questions.


This trip is a combination of a spectacular boat ride, hiking, and a lot of playing on all three beaches on the island. We aim to provide a quintessential Seattle day, playing amidst the mountains, forests, beaches, and the ocean.

We'll ride a private boat 12 miles into the ocean from the home port of the North Pacific Fleet, to reach the north-east corner of Blake Isalnd.

We'll hike the 5-mile perimeter loop along the island's waterfront, and play on all 3 gorgeous beaches on the island, with beach-combing opportunities throughout the day. The north-east beach provides spectacular views of the Seattle Skyline, the south-east beach provides views of Mount Rainier across the shimmering waters of Puget Sound, and the north-west beach provides fascinating views of the Olympic Mountains.

We will split into two groups of 12 each, and hike the loop in opposite directions. After the hike, we'll stop for lunch at the beach / campground on the north-east corner of the island, which also has picture-postcard views of the Seattle Skyline across the water.

This hike is especially scenic. It is the perfect opportunity to lug your favorite camera, whether it is a huge SLR with multiple lenses, or simply an iPhone. We will have plenty of time for pictures.


Blake Island

  • MapTech Oak Bay to Commencement Bay No. 102

    NOAA Puget Sound: Seattle to Bremerton No. 18449

    Sea Trails Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Bremerton and Liberty Bay WA202

    USGS Duwamish Head

    USGS Bremerton East
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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