Monomoy North Island Circumnavigation from Harding Beach

Chatham, Massachusetts

0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars
0 Reviews
0 out of 5
Sea kayaking or canoeing at Monomoy usually turns into hiking, said AMC Cape Cod paddler Chuck Wright—if, that is, you’re paddling on the west side at low tide. Within an hour after launch from Harding Beach, you may find yourself splashing through a couple of inches of water, towing your kayak, then portaging over about 300 feet of sand to reach the channel break between Monomoy’s two islands. You can probably see the opening clearly enough, but you can’t get there from here. The situation is not quite as baffling at high tide, when you can paddle closer to shore. North and South Monomoy Islands trail south off the elbow of Cape Cod and together make one of the longest barrier beaches (9 miles) in the state. Formed during the last century by sand drifting down from north beaches, Monomoy still shifts, eroded by the North Atlantic, and seeks new spots to deposit itself. In 1958, Monomoy parted from the mainland, and in 1978 the island split in two. Twenty years ago, Nauset Beach, which extends to the east of Monomoy, ended at the north end of South Island.
Sea Kayaking Along the New England Coast

DESCRIPTION FROM:

Sea Kayaking Along the New England Coast

by Tamsin Venn (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Sea kayaking or canoeing at Monomoy usually turns into hiking, said AMC Cape Cod paddler Chuck Wright—if, that is, you’re paddling on the west side at low tide. Within an hour after launch from Harding Beach, you may find yourself splashing through a couple of inches of water, towing your kayak, then portaging over about 300 feet of sand to reach the channel break between Monomoy’s two islands. You can probably see the opening clearly enough, but you can’t get there from here. The situation is not quite as baffling at high tide, when you can paddle closer to shore.

North and South Monomoy Islands trail south off the elbow of Cape Cod and together make one of the longest barrier beaches (9 miles) in the state. Formed during the last century by sand drifting down from north beaches, Monomoy still shifts, eroded by the North Atlantic, and seeks new spots to deposit itself. In 1958, Monomoy parted from the mainland, and in 1978 the island split in two. Twenty years ago, Nauset Beach, which extends to the east of Monomoy, ended at the north end of South Island.

©  Tamsin Venn/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Chatham
Distance: 8
Duration: Day Trip
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge
Local Maps: NOAA #13229 at 1:40,000
Driving Directions: Directions to Monomoy: North Island Circumnavigation from Harding Beach

Recent Trail Reviews

There are no reviews for this trail.

Trail Photos

Keep Me Informed

Weekly newsletters, announcements and offers from Trails.com to your inbox.

Sign me up!

We HATE spam and promise to keep your email addresses safe and secure.

Nearby Trails

Activity Feed

Apr 2018