Skykomish River I and II, Big Eddy to Monroe

Description: We will meet in Monroe and load the kayaks up for a short drive just past Gold bar where we will launch at the park just over the Skykomish River. We will meet at the take out at 9 am and leave by 9:15 to go up to Big Eddy.

Details: This is an 18 mile paddle, but it is down river and should only take around 6 hours of easy paddling. We will break for lunch at Sportman's Park in Sultan and then continue down to Monroe to the cars. It will be a short drive back up to Gold bar to retrieve the other cars. This paddle is rated Class II because of a few short rapids and the chance of some jams or sweepers. We will proceed slowly and portage around any problems we encounter. I believe it will be a very benign paddle with a few exciting parts.

You can find the descriptions of these paddles in Paddling Washington. onine
http://books.google.com/books?id=zAMqMaiYgegC&pg=PA89&lpg=PA89&dq=paddling+washington+skykomish&source=bl&ots=S2h8kpFAXd&sig=KNg7EwPyvsc_P-ZEmGDJev1JYGw&hl=en&sa=X&ei=hgjRUf-GMLCtiQfywIHACQ&ved=0CD0Q6AEwAzgK#v=onepage&q=paddling%20washington%20skykomish&f=false

Parking/Restroom Information: .... There is restroom availability at the launch, lunch stop, and the take out. You will need a pass to park at Big Eddy and at the take out in Monroe.

Carpool: .....

SK Rating: Sea Kayak Trip Ratings I am rating this a class 2-3 paddle. There will be some short rapids that we should be able to portage around if necessary but this late I don't think the river will be very fast.

Equipment Requirements: Kayak, paddle, pfd, paddlefloat, pump, sprayskirt, headlamp, charts, navigation gear (compass/gps/??)vhf radio (edit as needed). Bring a nice lunch and plenty of water for the trip down the river.

Chart: ...

IMPORTANT - If you have not filled out your profile information in the Sea Kayak Meetup information please do so. We need this to be assured that the group is competent to meet the challenges of this paddle.  For safety reasons we will not accept anyone whose profile information does not assure us that they have the necessary skills. Failure to have a completely filled out profile can cause you to be dropped from the paddle.

AND AS USUAL - All my paddles are one strike you're out... I will monitor the site up to 3 hours before we launch for cancellations. (for this paddle the cut off will be Wednesday before the paddle unless an emergency happens) But if we launch and I haven't heard from you that is a no show and you will no longer be welcome on my trips. Please don't sign up unless you really think you can attend. It isn't fair for the other paddlers. As usual, I will manage the trip numbers based on extra organizers and the paddle experience of the people who sign up. So jump on the waiting list because I frequently up the attendees. Thanks.

 

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  • jill i

    Managed to finish the blog post on our Sky trip up before I go off the grid for the next 10 days in my kayak off Vancouver Island. http://pacificnwseasons.blogspot.com/2013/07/kayaking-sky-long-but-fun-day-on.html

    Enjoy and please share the link! Larry, if the folks at Sea Kayaker are interested, I'd love to have them refer to the link or I could work with them to do a variation for them.

    cheers and thanks again for sharing a fun day.

    July 17, 2013

    • Lisa H.

      Thanks Jill, I'll check it out. Great riding up with you. Have a great trip!

      July 17, 2013

    • jill i

      Thanks Lisa, enjoyed riding with you, too. Let's catch up in August.

      July 17, 2013

  • jill i

    Beautiful day, really enjoyed being on the river, the rapids were especially fun. Was a tad longer than expected, was pretty tired but good tired.

    July 15, 2013

  • Larry M

    Ok, we maybe went a town too far... beautiful weather, good kayak paddling skill practice, Fearless leader dumped in second rapid, fun for all.... :)

    1 · July 14, 2013

    • Larry M

      Sorry, they meant the Ross Lake trip coming up. But you could contact them directly.

      July 15, 2013

    • Ron

      yes, fun trip. Jill, you can use my photos. I'll post them.

      1 · July 15, 2013

  • Carol S.

    Totally a blast!

    1 · July 15, 2013

  • Juan F. G.

    Hi, Larry. We had a blast. Thank you for organizing this trip! The nicest, most helpful and fun group we have paddled with for a while! Here's a little video we made out of Deidre's helmet cam (featuring Larry, Martin, and others. Hope to see you all next time! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzLSBHmZ0gA

    July 15, 2013

  • Martin

    Thanks, Larry, for organizing this fun trip. I spent this afternoon repairing the damage to my boat's gel coat, though. Looks great now! If anyone needs gel coat repair... I can recommend someone who'll charge a lot less than I will.

    1 · July 14, 2013

    • Brian V

      I will probably try it myself. But I could use that name in case I mess up!

      July 14, 2013

    • Martin

      You won't mess up; it's really pretty easy - just get a gelcoat repair kit from West Marine, some 1oz mixing cups and some fine grade sand paper (I used 800 grade) to finish it up.

      July 15, 2013

  • Lisa H.

    Yes, thanks Larry. It was a great day on the river. nice meeting everyone.

    July 14, 2013

  • peter p

    Thanks again Larry and Martin. Great paddling with everyone.

    July 13, 2013

  • Kurt D.

    Although the 13th will be my birthday, I have just been informed that I need to work tomorrow morning. Aargh. So sorry. I'm required to supervise the build of a medical product, due to last minute issues. I don't normally work weekends.

    July 12, 2013

  • Juan F. G.

    Hi, Larry. We are having a little trouble finding the take out. Can you give me a couple of landmarks to look for? Also, my cell is[masked]-4011. Is there a number I can call if I'm lost? Thanks.

    July 12, 2013

    • Larry M

      WE are meeting at the take out in MONROE, Go to Monroe, turn south on Lewis, turn right before bridge into public fishing and boating access my phone[masked]

      July 12, 2013

    • Juan F. G.

      Excellent. Thanks! See you then.

      July 12, 2013

  • Larry M

    July 12, 2013

  • Carol S.

    Will we need to wear our dry suits?

    July 12, 2013

    • RoyN

      Although I am not the trip leader, I would suggest wearing a dry suit if you have one. The river is snow melt so water temp is most likely in the low to mid 50's. Dress for immursion not the air temp.

      July 12, 2013

    • Larry M

      Roy gives good advice, the river is very cold, please don't fall in... :). I will be in wetsuit/drytop attire. At least a wetsuit is desired for the river trip.

      July 12, 2013

  • Kurt D.

    Looks like a perfect day.

    July 9, 2013

  • Lisa H.

    Hi Jill, glad you're going, let me know about the carpool. Thanks Lisa.

    July 8, 2013

    • jill i

      Hi Lisa,

      July 9, 2013

    • jill i

      oops will reply to your separate message.

      July 9, 2013

  • Lisa H.

    I live in Ballard, I would be interested in carpooling with someone. I have an inflatable so it doesn't need to go on a rack. Looking forward to being on the river!

    July 3, 2013

    • Larry M

      you are in Jill, Larry likes carpools!! :)

      July 8, 2013

    • jill i

      Thanks Larry!

      July 9, 2013

  • RoyN

    Both parking lots require WDF&W or Discover Pass.

    July 3, 2013

    • Larry M

      Thanks for the info Roy.

      July 7, 2013

  • Ryan

    Sounds like fun :)

    July 6, 2013

  • Lois P.

    Yay for Summer Fun!

    July 6, 2013

  • Juan F. G.

    My wife Deidre is coming along. We have whitewater boats, wetsuits & dry tops.

    July 1, 2013

    • Larry M

      Sounds like a winner. I can carry your lunches in my sea kayak if you would like.

      July 1, 2013

  • Martina M.

    i don't suppose there's the least little chance you can do this on Sunday instead... Saturday is the last day of a workshop I'm teaching, and I would really love to do this paddle.

    June 30, 2013

    • Larry M

      I'm so sorry, i got the company golf and picnic on Sunday. Only weekend I'm in town this until Aug.. :(

      July 1, 2013

  • Larry M

    MJ!!!!! So good to see you again!! looking forward to it.

    June 30, 2013

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