Hood Head and Port Ludlow - Two-Day Paddle

Description:  Saturday, we are going to paddle from Port Gamble to the Hood Head CMT Campsite, set up camp, paddle to dinner at the Inn at Port Ludlow, then paddle back to camp.  Sunday morning, we will pack up camp, paddle to Port Gamble, have brunch in Port Gamble, then paddle around Port Gamble Bay before heading home.  All of our paddling will be with the current.  The only food needed this trip will be your lunches and snacks ... the dinner and breakfast this camping trip will be fine dining at gourmet restaurants! :)

Sign-up Requirements: This is a medium length paddle (22 n.m. in two days) in cold water with open-water crossings.  To sign up for this paddle, you must be an intermediate or advanced paddler with good boat-handling, bracing, re-entry, and rescue skills and be able to paddle a sustained 2.5 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.  RSVP's without answers to the sign-up questions will be deleted.

RSVP:  The paddle size is subject to campsite capacity limitations.  RSVP is waitlist as an expression of interest.  The paddle group will be populated from the waitlist, with preference for paddlers and campers of known experience and pace from past paddles.

Port Ludlow, Washington,[masked]° N,[masked]° W
[masked]  9:47 AM PDT  7.18 feet  High Tide
[masked]  3:25 PM PDT  3.69 feet  Low Tide
[masked]  8:44 PM PDT  Sunset
[masked]  9:47 PM PDT  9.50 feet  High Tide
[masked]  4:42 AM PDT  2.05 feet  Low Tide
[masked]  5:49 AM PDT  Sunrise
[masked]:01 AM PDT  7.07 feet  High Tide
[masked]  4:15 PM PDT  4.75 feet  Low Tide

Schedule and Itinerary:

Saturday, August 2

9:00 a.m - Meet at the Port Gamble kayak launch site, off-load and park.

10:00 a.m. - Launch, paddle 5 n.m. to the CMT Campsite at Hood Head, including an exploration of Bywater Bay along the way.

~ 12:30 p.m. - Arrive at the CMT Campsite, have lunch, and set up camp.

~ 3:00 p.m. - Paddle 4.5 n.m. to Port Ludlow.

~ 5:00 p.m. - Have beverages and dinner at the Inn at Port Ludlow.

~ 7:00 p.m. - Paddle 4.5 n.m. back to camp.

~ 9:00 p.m. - Arrive back at camp.

Sunday, August 3

7:30 a.m. - Pack up camp.

~ 8:30 - Launch and paddle 4 n.m. to Port Gamble, have ~10:00 a.m. brunch at the Port Gamble General Store Cafe, then at ~11:00 a.m. either ...

... pack up and head home or ...

... paddle a 4 n.m. loop around Port Gamble Bay and pack up and head home at ~1:00 p.m.

Miscellaneous Logistics:

Water is not available at our campsite.  Water must be brought along, although it can be refilled at Port Ludlow.

A boat light, lantern or headlamp is required in case the Saturday paddle back to camp runs to after dark.

Meal Arrangements:

The only food you need to bring are picnic lunches and snacks.  No cooking utensils and equipment are required.  Dinner and breakfast will be at restaurants.

Conditions and Contingency:

This paddle is contingent upon reasonably safe wind and weather conditions.

Equipment Requirements:

Kayak, paddle, pfd, paddlefloat, pump, sprayskirt, sunglasses, sunscreen, water and snacks, picnic lunch for Saturday, waterproof hat, VHF radio if you have one, wetsuit or drysuit.  Layered warm clothes, warm head and ears protection.  Extra change of warm clothes in a dry-bag.  Camping gear and water.  Charge card or cash for dinner.  Boat light, lantern or headlamp.

Immersion Gear:

Wearing immersion protection (wetsuit or dry-suit) is mandatory for this paddle.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    David thank you for all the pics. ill add mine tomorrow.

    August 3

  • A former member
    A former member

    Aaron thank you such fn weekend and awesome paddle!! Great pics.

    August 3

  • DCC

    Spectacular paddle with awesome companions. We got a lazy start, had a relaxed paddle, had good food and beer, got in some evening paddling, woke to an awesome sunrise, had a relaxing paddle back and engorged ourselves with brunch. Don't get much better than that.

    1 · August 3

  • Aaron S

    You guys and gals were all great and this was tons of fun!!! Nice area of the salt, nice scenery, fine campsite, and y'all cranked out nautical miles like they were nothing. Expect more bon appetit (... and happy hour!) kayak camping trips ... this was way cooler than monkeying with pots and pans and all that. :)-

    August 3

  • DCC

    My kayak should be repaired by the time this trip happens. I will keep you posted if I need to change my plans.

    July 14, 2014

    • DCC

      FYI, My kayak is repaired and I will see you at the launch.

      July 31

    • Aaron S

      Cool, Dave. see ya at the launch site. All good folks this paddle, and leave the pots and pans at home ... this one is a "bon appetit" and "salud" camping-out. :)~

      August 1

  • Holly

    Something came up and I can't go. Enjoy!!

    July 29

  • Patrick T. D.

    I am soooo bummed but needed to drop out. Some family ended up changing schedules this upcoming weekend. Have a great trip!

    July 27, 2014

  • Donna H

    Giving up spot. Already signed on for bike ride. It'll be fun out there.

    July 27, 2014

  • Aaron S

    Oh this is shaping up great! We have Saturday dinner reservations at the Fireside Restaurant at the Inn at Port Ludlow! And if all that's not good enough, we arrive around 5, and 4 to 6 is ... happy hour!!! Too cool! ...
    http://www.portludlowresort.com/food/fireside-restaurant
    http://www.portludlowresort.com/pdfs/happy_hour.pdf

    And then there's Sunday brunch ....
    http://www.portgamblegeneralstore.com/cafe.html

    July 23, 2014

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