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Lake Keechelus August 24-26 Kayak Camping Trip (those with Kayaks)

  • Lake Keechelus

    Snoqualmie Pass, Snoqualmie Pass, WA (map)

    47.422058 -121.411209

  • Exit 54 off I90, drive toward lake to boat launch
  • I will be leading an overnight kayak camping trip for summer fun.This is one of three trips we have over the weekend. We will be in the heat of Eastern Washington so plan accordingly. I may be going out on Thursday night or early Friday so I will plan on meeting you at the boat launch.

    You need to have your own kayak and gear for this paddle. You need kayak, paddle, paddle float, pump. and all your own immersion gear.

    Please try to carpool. Since we are so close I am planning on staying late on Sunday and having dinner so I can enjoy the day. Let me know if you don't plan on staying for dinner so we can do the meal plan correctly. AND REMEMBER - you can just walk to the boat launch from our campsite in about 45 minutes so you are pretty close. I'm going to bring a table for the site, feel free to bring one if you have a small or collapsible one.

    The trip is rated SK1+/SK2, see these descriptions.

    We'll do group meals with details listed below. Sit-on-tops are fine for this trip; just put your gear in dry bags--a soaked sleeping bag is no fun.

    The Lake will have less water than last time and we will need to bring firewood. Also, it is just a mile to the campsite from the launch so strap a folding chair on your kayak for the short trip, you will be glad you did. And bring some fishing tackle (i'm bringing mine). The Iron hose hiking trail is right next door with a vault toilet also. And there are lots of places to put up your tent. We will have some big tarps for the cooking area to get some shade (or protect from the occasional shower.)

    The route and the camping: we will launch at the boat launch. Anyone parking at the Lake rather than carpooling will need to buy a parking pass from the forest service. We will paddle about 1-1.5 miles to the mouth of Cold Creek and camp at a spot right on the lake. The campsite on the Iron Horse trail is also available (about 200 yards from where we camp) with tent sites ($5) and a vault toilet.

    As far as gear, you want to bring typical backpacking stuff, sleeping bag, tent (your own or share with a friend), pad, a dry bag for your sleeping bag and clothes, toiletries, a change of clothes, a bowl, a plate, a cup (We will work out the cook kit need when we see what we have for attendance and meal plans),etc. Keep the volume of stuff small enough that it will fit in your kayak.

    Saturday and Sunday we can take some paddles to either end of the lake and do some fishing. You can also plan on a hike down the Iron Horse trail. Friday dinner will be on your own so stop on the way or plan on your own meal.

    GROUP MEALS (will be updated on 20th) 
    Saturday BF - Carole +1, Steve
    Saturday Lunch (on your own to facilitate hiking or paddling)
    Saturday Dinner - Larry - Rice, broccoli, chicken sausage, Dan?
    Sunday BF - Pete, Michael
    Sunday Lunch (on your own again as above)

    IMPORTANT - All my paddles are one strike you're out... I usually monitor the site up to 30 minutes before we launch for cancellations. But since this is an Eastern WA overnight I will cut off the RSVP on Thursday night. If your are signed up and I don't hear from you before Friday's launch 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. I usually manage the trip numbers based on extra organizers and the paddle experience of the people who sign up but this is a pretty easy paddle so I will let more attendees sign up. So jump on the waiting list because I frequently up the attendees. Thanks.


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  • Larry M

    Ok, dinner I got handled. Since we haven't heard from anyone, I would make sure i have my lunch and breakfast taken care of just in case. I'm bringing some wine and some marshmallows, Hershey bars, and graham crackers.

    August 23, 2012

  • Larry M


    August 23, 2012

  • Steve R

    I have a question do we buy food for the meals were cooking, and what doe's everyone like or want for breakfast. This is my first trip I thought everyone took care of themselves when it came to food and drink?please call me and let me know[masked] thank you

    August 23, 2012

  • Larry M

    i would like to carpool with someone if possible. I live in Lynnwood but work in DT Bellevue and will probably bring all my gear and boat in Friday so I can leave from there during the day. Can leave a little early if needed.

    August 22, 2012

  • Larry M

    ok, looks like we are still on for the weekend. Looks like the weather is going to be in the 70's so not too hot. I think i will skip staying till Dinner Sunday night and head back around 3pm.

    August 21, 2012

  • Linda L

    HI Larry
    If you are interested in moving this to another paddle (open water/ocean) due to smoke from fire; let me know. I would be happy to plan or help. Will give you a call early in week.

    August 19, 2012

  • Larry M

    We may cancel this paddle depending on the near term results of the fire fighting and smoke over in the Cle Elem area.

    August 16, 2012

  • Larry M

    Sure Julie, let me know if you want to hang for dinner.

    August 15, 2012

  • Julie J.

    Hi, I ended up having to work on Saturday. I was wondering if my friend and I can cancel the overnight stay and show up Sunday morning to hang out with you guys for the day? We live in eastern Washington. Julie

    August 14, 2012

  • Larry M

    I will be doing the meal planning on 8-20 and updating the list. If you have any dietary wishes (vegan or anything else) please respond here so we can plan accordingly. Feel free to volunteer for a meal or suggest and idea.

    August 9, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I likely will not be staying for dinner Sunday.

      August 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't do peanuts. I'm a fan of chicken curry on the trail. I'm not sure how lavish you like to cook when you are out. Either bring frozen chicken, or you can not get pre-cooked chicken slices near the other sandwhich meats. Rice (cuscus for a quick option), Onions, peppers, Carrots...

    I might have access to one other boat, but you would have to be able to transport 2 on your car & be willing to carpool.

    August 10, 2012

  • Larry M

    Everyone---you need your own equipment for this paddle....

    August 9, 2012

  • Larry M

    I have to wait until I see if Saul joins with a "no kayak group". If he doesn't I can add people. If he does I want to make sure we have room for everyone to join.

    June 21, 2012

  • Larry M

    Changed to August 24th to avoid conflict with Danskin Trialthon. Sorry if that cause a problem for people.

    June 21, 2012


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