Description:We are going to paddle from Dash Point State Park across the East Passage of Puget Sound to Maury Island, paddle around Maury Island clockwise, and camp at the Cascadia Marine Trail Campsite at Pt. Robinson. The second day, we are going to complete the clockwise circum-navigation of Maury Island, and paddle back across the East Passage to Dash Point State Park. 6/2/13 Update: Checked some of the route out on a day-paddle. Very cool! A placid place, more beaches than people; Maury Island is so near and yet so far. :)-
This is a 20 nautical mile paddle (13 n.m. the first day, plus explorations, 7 n.m. the second day), with two crossings of Puget Sound and open coasts. To sign up for this paddle, you need to be a reasonably strong intermediate or advanced paddler. This paddle will be subject to wind, waves and large ship wakes on two crossings and open coasts; to sign up for this paddle, you must have good bracing, re-entry, and rescue skills and practice.
Schedule and Intinerary:
10:00 a.m. - arrive, off-load and park at Dash Point State Park.
10:30 a.m - launch from Dash Point State Park.
~ 11:30 a.m. arrive at Piner Point at the south end of Maury Island, continue around to the back side of Maury Island.
~ 1:00 p.m. - lunch at Dockton County Park.
afternoon - paddle and explore around Quartermaster Harbor.
~ 4:30 p.m. - beach and lock up our kayaks at Burton or Vashon Kayak Center, catch the 4:46 p.m. bus, Vashon Taxi, or a ride 4 miles to Vashon Center.
~ 5:00 p.m. - dinner at a restaurant in Vashon Center.
~ 6:00 p.m. - return and launch from Burton.
~ 6:30 p.m. - portage across at Portage.
~ 8:00 p.m. - arrive at Pt. Robinson and set up camp at the Cascadia Marine Trail campsite ... real nice campsite, up above the stairs to the right on the grass by the picnic table! :)-
early morning - pack up camp and load kayaks.
10 a.m. - Attend the "Vashon-Mary Island Low Tide Celebration", a community festival at Pt. Robinson Park (by happy coincidence, right where and when we're camped!). Have brunch at the festival! (And buy some trip-memento souvenirs at the Pt. Robinson Gift Shop? :)- )
1 p.m. - launch and paddle down the southeast coast of Maury Island (with a mild flood current).
~ 2:30 a.m. - arrive at Piner Point, continue across to Dash Point State Park.
~ 3:30 p.m. - arrive back at the Dash Point State Park.
Conditions and Contingency:
This paddle is contingent upon reasonably safe wind and weather conditions. If the predicted weather conditions are unsafe for this paddle, this paddle will be revised to a one-day paddle on Lake Washington.
A Discovery Pass and an overnight fee are required to park at Dash Point State Park.
Kayak, paddle, pfd, paddlefloat, pump, sprayskirt, sunglasses, sunscreen, bicycle lock-up cable and lock, water and snacks, lunches, camping gear, water and meals, vhf radio if you have one, immersion gear.
Wearing immersion gear (drysuit or wetsuit) is mandatory for this paddle.