Port Townsend to Point Wilson

Port Townsend, Washington

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Explorer Captain George Vancouver noted that the current location of Port Townsend, located on the northern tip of Quimper Peninsula, had a “fine deep harbor.” Like many towns in the Puget Sound area, “PT,” as locals call it, got its start in the 1850s. By the 1880s, it was the hub for commerce in the region. In 1887, Tacoma was picked for the northwest link to the transcontinental line of the Union Pacific railroad. Commerce began to wane in PT and by the 1893 depression, the town’s population went from 7000 to 2000 nearly overnight. In 1898, the US government chose PT to be part of the “Triangle of Fire,” a ring of coastal defense forts aimed at keeping invading ships at bay. Fort Worden’s guns aimed across the Strait of Juan de Fuca for years until they were considered obsolete by the airplane. In the 1970s, PT’s property values were cheap, which attracted artists of all kinds who in turn built a strong creative community. Today Fort Worden’s “Centrum” organization uses the former fort’s grounds to bring world class cultural events to the area, including a fiddling festival, a jazz and blues festival, a much renowned film festival, and other events.
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)

Explorer Captain George Vancouver noted that the current location of Port Townsend, located on the northern tip of Quimper Peninsula, had a “fine deep harbor.” Like many towns in the Puget Sound area, “PT,” as locals call it, got its start in the 1850s. By the 1880s, it was the hub for commerce in the region. In 1887, Tacoma was picked for the northwest link to the transcontinental line of the Union Pacific railroad. Commerce began to wane in PT and by the 1893 depression, the town’s population went from 7000 to 2000 nearly overnight. In 1898, the US government chose PT to be part of the “Triangle of Fire,” a ring of coastal defense forts aimed at keeping invading ships at bay.

Fort Worden’s guns aimed across the Strait of Juan de Fuca for years until they were considered obsolete by the airplane. In the 1970s, PT’s property values were cheap, which attracted artists of all kinds who in turn built a strong creative community. Today Fort Worden’s “Centrum” organization uses the former fort’s grounds to bring world class cultural events to the area, including a fiddling festival, a jazz and blues festival, a much renowned film festival, and other events.

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

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Port Townsend
Distance: 8
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: Part Day To Full Day.
Season: Spring to Fall
Local Maps: SeaTrails Wa 103; Noaa chart 18465 (1:80,000) or 18471 (1:40,000); port Townsend tide table (subtract 30 minutes).
Driving Directions: Directions to Port Townsend to Point Wilson

Recent Trail Reviews

5/5/2003
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You will love this camp if you can access it. Plan your landing for a higher tide or you will not be able to get close to the take out, and will end up carrying your boats and gear a long way. Not Fun. There are a couple of picinic tables and the campsites are adequate. What makes this site unique is the views from the point. Presidents channel to the south and Boundary Pass to the north. There is a YMCA camp (Orkila) nearby which were okay with us using their wells to fill our water stores. There is no water at the camp. Orkila is only a 1/2 mile paddle. I highly recomend this site.



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