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Lake Keechelus Labor Day weekend kayak camping trip

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Description: Let's do a mountain kayak camping trip.
6:30am - Mountlake Terrace
7am - Redmond
9am - Lake Keechelus boat ramp.

Kayak assignments
Necky Single - Lai
Necky Tofino Tandem Yellow - Ceci and Yen
Hiking in - Hong
Biking in - Saul

Other loaner gear
Hammock tent, bag and pad
Bag and pad Hong
Rain fly and tarp and Cot - Saul
Stove, water filter, pots and pans - Saul

Parking/Restroom Information: Located just three miles southeast of Snoqualmie Pass along the south side of I-90, take the Hyak exit to the boat launch & parking area on the south side of the reservoir. We will launch at the Hyak parking/boat launch so you will have to have a National Forest pass or buy one at the boat launch, $5 per day fee. The Discovery pass or a WDFW is not valid right at the boat launch.

Camping Info: We will paddle about 1-1.5 miles to the mouth of Cold Creek and then hike about 200 meters to the campsite that is next to the Iron Horse trail.

If you want you can even bring your bike and ride or hike the trail. It is only a mile hike down the trail back to the cars to grab your bike and anything else you may want to bring.

I will help you get launched and then ride my bicycle to your landing point.
Carpool: You can carpool with me from mountlake Terrace or from Kenmore of from the transit center in Redmond.

Meals, we will do group meals.

Meal plan, We have 5 people I will need 2 people to bring stoves as well as coffee presses (my gear access is still limited, as most of it is stored in one of my rentals, I will bring the pots and pans, everyone should bring their own plates, bowls, cups and cutlery.

Meals will be by teams; assume at least one vegetarian in the trip, so make a meat free choice in your menu planning, if you need help figuring out a menu for your team let me know.
Team 1 is doing the breakfasts and dinners, Team 2 is doing the lunches.
Team 1:
Saul – all food for the main dishes and sides
Hong and guest – fresh fruit for both breakfasts
Saul – coffee and coffee press
Saul - white wine and red wine and chocolate

Team 2
Yen – fresh fruit
Lai – snacks (Lai is out of town until Friday night and asked to bring snacks since she won’t have visibility to any of our menu planning)

Tentative menu plan:
Saturday night dinner:
Fish tacos – probably Ahi or Salmon as well as tofu
Black Beans
Roasted garlic
Red wine

Sunday breakfast
Fresh fruit

Sunday lunch – team 2
salad with chicken/ and/or shredded cheese - Saul will bring the supplies - Team 2 will prepare the meal

Sunday Dinner
Stir fry – both chicken and tofu choices
White wine

Monday breakfast
Fresh fruit

Monday lunch – team 2 - greek salad with feta and tzatziki plus Dolmades and humus. Saul will bring the supplies - Team 2 will prepare the meal

SK Rating I am rating this a class 1-2 paddle. It should be a pretty easy paddle over to the campsite that day and back on Monday. If the wind comes up it can be challenging but we can just skirt the the coast. There is some really nice kayaking during the day if you don't want to fish.

Equipment Requirements: Kayak, paddle, pfd, paddlefloat, pump, sprayskirt, headlamp, charts, navigation gear (compass/gps/??)vhf radio.

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, and your cook gear. I will be bringing the big tarp in case we have a little rain over the weekend.

NO WATER available at the site so bring your own water for the weekend or a water filter to pump water from the creek. I will have my water filter.