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Cypress Island - Three-Day Paddle

  • Young's Park

    4243 Guemes Island Rd, Anacortes, WA (map)

    48.582413 -122.638420

  • Meet at the park beach.
  • Description:  We are going to basecamp for three days (two nights) at Pelican Beach on Cypress Island. Available activities will include a day-paddle circumnavigation of Cypress Island, a day-paddle to Clark Island and back, and mountain hiking on Cypress Island, including to summits, mountain lakes and old-growth forest.

    Sign-up Requirements: This is a lengthy paddle (35 or 39 n.m. in three days) in cold water with open crossings, significant current effects and rips, and possible strong winds and waves.  All paddling this trip will be with moderate current assist.  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.  Initial 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.

    Schedule and Itinerary:

    Friday, August 15

    8:00 a.m - Meet at Young's Park on Guemes Island, off-load, pack, and park.

    9:00 a.m. - Launch and paddle 4 n.m. through the Cone Islands to Pelican Beach.

    ~ 11:00 a.m. - Arrive at Pelican Beach on Cypress Island, set up camp, and have lunch..

    ~ 12:30 p.m. - Launch for a counterclockwise circumnavigation of Cypress Island (14 n.m.), paddle south with ebb current up to 2.4 knots, stop at ~2:30 p.m. at Strawberry Island, round the southwest tip of Cypress Island (Reef Point) at ~4:00 p.m. (~ slack before flood), and paddle northeast with flood current up to 1.3 knots.

    ~ 5:30 p.m. - Shore break and explore around at the CMT Campsite at Cypress Head, then paddle north with flood current up to 1.9 knots.

    ~ 8:00 p.m. - Arrive back at Pelican Beach.

    Saturday, August 16

    ~ 8:30 a.m. - Paddle to Clark Island (7 n.m., with flood current up to 1.5 knots),  arrive at ~ 11:30 a.m., explore around Clark Island (~ 2 n.m.) and have lunch, and at ~1:00 p.m. paddle back to Pelican Beach (6 n.m., with ebb current up to 1.0 knots).

    ~ 3:30 p.m. - Arrive back at Pelican Beach and do some hiking before and/or after dinner (... Eagle Cliff?!!! Sunset?!!!! ... 2.6 mi. r.t., 800 ft. vertical gain).

    Sunday, August 17

    Morning - Go on an optional morning mountain hike (~8 miles, 1600 feet vertical gain) to mountain lakes, summits and old-growth forest, or relax around camp.  Pack up and have lunch.

    ~ 12:30 p.m. (optional for anyone who wants) paddle 4 n.m. over to Vendovi Island, hike some, then paddle 2 n.m. back to Young's Park, (or leave at ~1:30 p.m. and paddle 4 n.m. directly back to Young's Park).

    ~ 4:00 - Arrive back at Young's Park and head home, with an optional beverage and dinner stop along the way.

    Miscellaneous Logistics:

    Water will not be available at our campsite.  All water for this trip must be brought along.

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

    Staying in Anacortes or thereabouts Thursday evening is a possibility.  Your event host may do that. 

    Meal Arrangements:

    This trip will have no official communal meals.  Everyone is on their own for meals outside informal arrangements.  Bring snacks, beverages and appetizers to share.

    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, 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 and cooking gear, your meals, and water.  Boat light, lantern or headlamp.

    Immersion Gear:

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

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  • Karen

    Hi Aaron- I just emailed you, want to make sure you got my message that I have to stay in town Friday morning for a job interview so can't do this 3-day trip (bummer!). Looks on the calendar like you've cancelled it anyway though. Too bad there aren't more people, Cypress/Pelican Beach is very nice. Another time! Looks like we may both be going to Clark island this weekend instead though.

    August 12, 2014

  • Patrick T. D.

    Hey gang - I apologize but I need to back out. A family member has been going through medical challenges and I need to be there. Have a good paddle.

    August 10, 2014


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