Kayaking Puget Sound, the San Juans, & Gulf Islands
by Rob Casey (The Mountaineers Books)
© 2012 Rob Casey/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
A great easy trip from several different directions. Can be very crowded in summer on sunny weekends. Check wwta.org for updated info.
This trip is mcuh easier if you have a boat. If you have a boat you can get to the less populated "back side" where there is a very nice beach and campgrounds. Watch out for the ranger, he is not nice.
Blake Island State Park is a great family get-away and a great place for begginer campers. A few well-mantained hiking trails cross the island, and though they are for the most part dirt roads, you get the feel that you are in the wilderness. This feeling is very peculiar, for at the same time you have views of the seattle skyline and the ferries going from Fauntleroy to Vashon Island. The only bad thing about the trails is that they have lotes of stinging nettles on them, so be careful. A few of them have tons of mosquitos too. The Trail which goes around the perimeter of the Island has a few trails to the water and great views of Vashon Island and Seattle. All of the trails seem to be a bright green color that seems to consume you. All in all, this is a great place to take the family for a hike. The kids also LOVE to explore the beach. After the hike, you can go to Tillicum Village, an American Indian experience on the Island.
Ferry ride fun and scenic. Tillicum Village is great! Food is great, shop, atmosheare and staff very friendly. Lots of wildlife to see. We actully saw young deer near the long house, just walking around, eating grass, unhindered, and unfraid. So beautiful!
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