Description: We are going to paddle from Steilacoom to Titlow Beach Park in the Tacoma Narrows, and back. We'll have current up to 3 knots with us both ways. At Titlow Beach Park, we'll paddle the waterfront, hike the trails, and have lunch at Steamer's Seafood Cafe.
For anyone interested, there will also be an optional pre-paddle paddle available before the posted paddle, southward exploring the Steilacoom waterfront, approximately 4 n.m. round-trip.
This is a 12 nautical mile paddle that may be subject to wind waves and current effects.
To sign up for this paddle, you need to be an advanced novice, intermediate or advanced paddler, you must have bracing, re-entry, and rescue training, skills and practice, and you must be able to paddle at a sustained 3 knots pace. The required kayaking experience and skills need to be documented in your meetup-profile information and your answers to the sign-up questions.
Schedule and Itinerary:
8:00 a.m. - optional arrive early and do a pre-paddle paddle south along the Steilacoom waterfront and back, approx. 4 n.m. round trip.
10:00 a.m. - meet at Sunnyside Beach Park.
10:30 a.m - launch and paddle 6 n.m. to Titlow Beach Park, with 2 knots ebb current.
~ 12:30 p.m. - arrive at Titlow Beach Park, paddle the waterfront, explore the park and hike its trails (1.3 mile Hidden Beach Loop Trail), and have lunch at Steamer's Seafood Cafe.
~ 3:00 p.m. - launch for the 6 n.m. return paddle back to Steilacoom, with approx. 2 knots flood current.
~ 5:00 p.m. - arrive back at Sunnyside Beach Park.
Carpooling and Details
Carpooling is encouraged. After there is some sign-up, sign-up-ees can arrange carpooling amongst themselves.
There is a $5 parking fee at Sunnyside Beach Park.
Bring kayak wheels if you have them; it is a couple hundred yards from the parking lot to the beach at Sunnyside Beach Park.
We will be beaching and securing our kayaks in an urban park; bring if you have them a bicycle cable and lock and a cockpit cover. It is not essential that everyone bring a cable and lock; several kayaks can be locked together.
Conditions and Contingency:
This paddle is contingent upon reasonably safe wind and weather conditions. If the predicted weather conditions are unsafe for this paddle, the paddle will be revised to a protected paddle.
Kayak, paddle, pfd, paddlefloat, pump, sprayskirt, sunglasses, sunscreen, water and snacks, waterproof paddle jacket and hat in case of rain, warm clothes for the shoreside adventures, kayak wheels if you have them, VHF radio if you have one, immersion gear, bicycle cable and lock if you have them, small daypack for hiking,
Wearing immersion gear (drysuit or wetsuit) is mandatory for this paddle.