Hope and Skagit Islands

Oak Harbor, Washington

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Though currents are swift in this area, the protection of nearby Fidalgo and Whidbey islands makes Hope and Skagit reasonable destinations when other places are a bit on the rough side. Ashore on these state park islands are grassy hillsides with flowers in season, forest trails, and plenty of sand and gravel beaches for sunbathing. However, Skagit Island and nearby Ala Spit both offer a Cascadia Marine Trail campsite as easily accessible, wonderful overnight destinations. Currents here are dependent on those in Deception Pass. The flood flows south. If possible, plan to catch the flood current going to the islands and the ebb for the return. Strong wind that opposes current can create sizeable waves. Avoid strongest currents at the west end of Hope Island unless you have the skills to handle strong eddy lines ad tide rips.
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)

Though currents are swift in this area, the protection of nearby Fidalgo and Whidbey islands makes Hope and Skagit reasonable destinations when other places are a bit on the rough side. Ashore on these state park islands are grassy hillsides with flowers in season, forest trails, and plenty of sand and gravel beaches for sunbathing. However, Skagit Island and nearby Ala Spit both offer a Cascadia Marine Trail campsite as easily accessible, wonderful overnight destinations.

Currents here are dependent on those in Deception Pass. The flood flows south. If possible, plan to catch the flood current going to the islands and the ebb for the return. Strong wind that opposes current can create sizeable waves. Avoid strongest currents at the west end of Hope Island unless you have the skills to handle strong eddy lines ad tide rips.

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

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Oak Harbor
Distance: 5
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Part Day To Overnight.
Season: Spring to Fall
Local Maps: SeaTrails Wa 101; Noaa charts 18423 SC, 18421 (both 1:80,000), or 18427 (1:25,000); Deception pass current table.
Driving Directions: Directions to Hope and Skagit Islands

Recent Trail Reviews

6/25/2001
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This was a great overnight kayak trip. The eTrail has all you need to enjoy this trip. Be sure to get tide charts. We camped at Pelican Beach and explored the north end of the island on foot. We also hiked at Cypress Head and Strawberry Island, which were great breaks for each day. The Cypress shoreline is not developed like nearby Guemes Island so it is a very pleasant paddle. The Cone Islands are a nice side trip for seeing sealife up close.



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