West Point, Shilshole Bay, and Golden Gardens

Rollingbay, Washington

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This area, west of Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, is a good place for both cautious sea outings for new paddlers during calm weather and lengthier and more challenging routes for experienced paddlers. The area includes popular and secluded sunbathing beaches, pleasure boats galore at the extensive marina, and sunset views of the Olympic Mountains. The Lake Washington steelhead run at the locks in Salmon Bay attracts a notable “chorus” of sea lions. The West Point beaches are lightly used and are backed by the woods and bluffs of Seattle’s largest natural reserve, Discovery Park. The park includes a gigantic shoreside sewer treatment facility that has been landscaped to blend into the scene. From West Point the route can also be extended into Elliott Bay to connect with the launch points and routes described in the Elliott Bay chapter.
Kayaking Puget Sound, the San Juans, & Gulf Islands

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Kayaking Puget Sound, the San Juans, & Gulf Islands

by Rob Casey (The Mountaineers Books)

This area, west of Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, is a good place for both cautious sea outings for new paddlers during calm weather and lengthier and more challenging routes for experienced paddlers. The area includes popular and secluded sunbathing beaches, pleasure boats galore at the extensive marina, and sunset views of the Olympic Mountains. The Lake Washington steelhead run at the locks in Salmon Bay attracts a notable “chorus” of sea lions.

The West Point beaches are lightly used and are backed by the woods and bluffs of Seattle’s largest natural reserve, Discovery Park. The park includes a gigantic shoreside sewer treatment facility that has been landscaped to blend into the scene. From West Point the route can also be extended into Elliott Bay to connect with the launch points and routes described in the Elliott Bay chapter.

© 2012 Rob Casey/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Rollingbay
Length: 8
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: Part Day To Full Day.
Season: Spring to Fall
Local Maps: SeaTrails Wa 202; Noaa charts 18445 SC (1:80,000), 18446 (1:25,000), or 18447 SC (1:10,000); Seattle tide table.
Topo Map: West Point, Shilshole Bay, and Golden Gardens Topographic Map
Guide Book: Kayaking Puget Sound, the San Juans, & Gulf Islands Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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