A circumnavigation of a heavily forested, rugged, undeveloped island, with some challenging rips and currents, and overnight camping opportunities. Cypress Island, with its miles of wild coastline and lively currents, remains a mystery to many visitors to the San Juans, as it’s off the main ferry route and offers little to those who are seeking the comforts of civilization. Yet it’s these very qualities that make it a worthwhile and popular paddling destination.
Only a small portion of the 8.5-square-mile island was homesteaded in the 1800s, and today over 90 percent of the island is undeveloped wild shoreline. Three camps on and around the island are part of the Cascadia Marine Trail (Cypress Head, Pelican Beach, and Strawberry Island), and an overnight stay will give you the chance to walk through the island’s quiet forests and experience its true wildness.
Cypress Island, WA - Sea Kayaking - Trail Length: 15