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Circum-navigate Maury Island (Two-day trip)

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. :)-

Sign-up Requirements:

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:

Saturday schedule:

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! :)-

Sunday schedule:

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. 

Miscellaneous Requirement:

A Discovery Pass and an overnight fee are required to park at Dash Point State Park.

Equipment Requirements:

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.

Immersion Gear:

Wearing immersion gear (drysuit or wetsuit) is mandatory for this paddle.

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  • jill i

    Hey looking for paddling partners for a day trip this weekend, anyone interested in just a day paddle Sunday? Although traffic coming home at the end of the holiday weekend might be not so good...Sat I couldn't go until afternoon. Vaguely thought of Skagit Bay.

    3 · July 3, 2013

    • John B.

      T.-, Parking is really difficult at Lincoln Park. They have 4-hour maximum. Consider the beach a bit south of Lincoln Park at SW 98th St. [masked]N[masked]W. I've launched from there before.

      1 · July 4, 2013

    • John B.

      Or spend night on Blake Island instead of Winghaven. Nice running water, fire pits etc.

      July 4, 2013

  • jill i

    Also did this post last week about the Low Tide celebration:

    http://pacificnwseasons.blogspot.com/2013/06/celebrating-puget-sounds-lowtides-at.html

    July 3, 2013

    • Aaron S

      Real nice blogs, Jill. Nice photos and well written. Thanks for sharing these.

      July 4, 2013

  • jill i

    Link to blog post, haven't rechecked for typos...

    http://pacificnwseasons.blogspot.com/

    2 · July 2, 2013

  • jill i

    Ha, just discovered this way of communicating post trip! Will provide links to blog posts and photos, just finishing up tonight.

    July 2, 2013

  • Robert T.

    Very nice photos everyone. Enjoyed the outing. See you again soon.

    1 · June 25, 2013

    • Aaron S

      Thanks for joining us Robert, and thanks for the hospitality and local info!

      June 25, 2013

  • Aaron S

    Thanks, John, just about the distances we figured. T, thanks for the cool photos. Makes me wish I was there. Wait ... I was! ...and it was that beautiful!!

    June 25, 2013

  • John B.

    GPS Tracks:
    Dashpoint - Dockton
    D:1136 A:1326 L:6.0miles
    Dockton-Quartermaster
    D:1435 A:1533 L:2.9miles
    Quartermaster-Portage
    D:1658 A:1730 L:1.4miles
    (1.0 walking back and forth on Portage)
    Portage-Pt Robinson
    D:1830 A:1935 L:3.2miles
    Pt Robinson-Dash Point
    D:1334 A:1604 L:7.1miles

    June 24, 2013

    • John B.

      Quartermaster=Burton

      June 24, 2013

  • Aaron S

    Thanks for the pix, John. More welcome. The dragon-boat pic is classic; nice pic, thanks. Did you get a distance from the GPS track? ( :)- ... add .5 miles for the low-tide roll-out at Dash Point! :)- ) Video-scribe Jill, you likely have a few pix to share? (And thanks for video-scribing.) And thanks to John, T, Jill and Robert. You guys were all great! And thanks to the population of Maury and Vashon Islands, too, for being good hosts and for being so appreciative of the natural beauty you all have. This was a classic epic adventure-cruise ... eventful, exciting, fascinating, and beautiful all the way!

    June 23, 2013

  • T.-

    Wonderful time paddling over & around Maury Island on a placid Puget Sound enjoying great company with the sun on our backs and ending the day with a beautiful sunset. Thank you Aaron for a memorable trip. :)

    1 · June 23, 2013

  • John B.

    Nice adventure.

    June 23, 2013

  • Robert T.

    Try the Red Bike for bar food or Express Cuisine for a good healthier
    meal.

    June 21, 2013

  • T.-

    I can strap lemon cookies & lime tequila to the top of my boat... just sayin', in case of emergency...

    June 21, 2013

  • John B.

    Ha,ha, I still have the Mountain House freeze dried.

    1 · June 21, 2013

  • John B.

    Bummer. I just verified that the Quartermaster Inn Restaurant closed down two years ago.

    June 21, 2013

  • Robert T.

    You better check. I think their dining room became a Pilates studio. I know of no other dining in Burton unfortunatly.

    June 21, 2013

    • Robert T.

      I can't commit to a Saturday meetup, but I was going to look for you at the festival Sunday. Look for me in a wooden Pygmy boat. Ill likely paddle with you toward Piner Point. I live just north of Piner Pt.

      June 21, 2013

    • Aaron S

      Sounds good, Robert, likely see ya Sunday! Saturday's shaping up fine, there's a 4:46 bus from Burton to Vashon Center if we want, and Vashon Taxi can get us back, or we can get eats in Burton if we want from Harbor Merchantile.

      June 21, 2013

  • T.-

    weather's looking better #heck yeah :)

    June 21, 2013

    • Aaron S

      Heck yeah "heck yeah", T. Glad you're in!

      June 21, 2013

  • Robert T.

    Be sure and visit the Jensen Point boat house a kayak rental facility in Quartermaster Harbor. That low tide will be a bear of a portage.

    June 16, 2013

    • Aaron S

      Robert, We revised the schedule to dinner at the Quartermaster Inn and then portage at the peak of high tide. If ya wanna coordinate a stop by and say hello while we're over there, my cell phone is[masked]-3015. We still plan to spend Saturday night at the Pt. Roberts Park CMT Campsite (in the grassy area at the top of the stairs, by the picnic table to the north) and party-down Sunday morning with the locals at the Low-Tide Celebration! :)-

      June 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Aaron, sorry need to cancel due to health Had the flu a couple of weeks ago, have not recovered fully, exhaustion w dizziness think wise not to do this trip. Was hoping to get my energy back in time.Hope to see you on future paddles.
    Tina

    June 20, 2013

  • John B.

    It is unfortunate that a place like this has a two night minimum and a hefty cleaning charge else this could be a good way to rough it that weekend.
    http://www.vrbo.com/418880

    June 16, 2013

  • John B.

    Will everyone need wheels to portage?

    May 27, 2013

    • Aaron S

      It is not essential that everyone have wheels. It is only necessary that part of the party have wheels. The portage is about 200 yards on pavement and a set of wheels can be used multiple times. If you have wheels, bring them in your vehicle to the launch spot and we'll decide how many to bring on the paddle, possibly speading the parts amongst multiple kayaks, depending upon who has room in their hatches. Wheels are also very useful for transporting the kayaks from the parking area to and from the beach at Dash Point State Park.

      June 5, 2013

  • Donna

    Aaron,

    I'd love to go on this trip. Would need to rent or borrow a kayak and wet suit or dry suit. Does anyone own a tandem that they'd be willing to share? I could pay something toward that and get the wet suit from a shop in West Seattle. I've done some open water kayaking (West Seattle to Blake Island (4 miles), and Guemes Isl to Saddleback Is (more than 4 miles). I've had a little self-rescue training several times from Saul and this Meetup group's volunteers, but no formal training. I would not feel confident if I was in a single kayak and the weather conditions were rough. Would feel more secure in a tandem with a more experienced paddler.

    Do you think this trip will work for me? Options for renting/sharing, etc?

    May 27, 2013

    • Donna

      That would be perfect. Let me know what you decide after considering. I can do my fair share of paddling in a tandem. I'll check out renting a life vest and wet suit or dry suit in case you decide for sure to do the tandem.

      1 · May 27, 2013

    • John B.

      I do have a life vest you can use. Kayakacademy and NWOC rent drysuits. My main concern is equipment stowing. Are you going to be OK with only the front hatch? I think the front port is rated at 90L. Here I got spoiled using the REI 3.5 Xtra large sleeping pad; I sleep better on it then my own bed at home. However, I do have a Thermarest if I can't fit it.

      May 29, 2013

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