Metropolitan Seattle

Seattle, Washington

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Paddling within sight of downtown Seattle on fresh water may not be a wilderness experience. Just don’t tell the occasional bald eagle or beaver you spot. The Lakes-To-Locks Water Trail, opened in 2000, makes possible trips from near the base of the Issaquah Alps east of Seattle. It allows paddlers to go from neighbourhood to shipyard, city park to spawning stream, and through the Ballard Locks to salt water and the Cascadia Marine Trail. Native Americans plied the waters of Puget Sound long before the arrival of white explorers. They knew the sound as Whulge, which loosely translates as “big salt water.” Several tribes inhabited this coast, living on the abundant marine life and using the towering stands of forests to build villages and dugout canoes. Although boats of all kinds now travel these waters, paddling Puget Sound continues to be the best way to explore its beautiful shorelines. The slow, silent pace of a kayak will allow you to absorb the spectacular vistas of Mount Rainier, cabin-dotted islands and wildlife at play.
Kayak Routes of the Pacific Northwest Coast

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Kayak Routes of the Pacific Northwest Coast

by Peter McGee (Greystone Books)

Paddling within sight of downtown Seattle on fresh water may not be a wilderness experience. Just don’t tell the occasional bald eagle or beaver you spot. The Lakes-To-Locks Water Trail, opened in 2000, makes possible trips from near the base of the Issaquah Alps east of Seattle. It allows paddlers to go from neighbourhood to shipyard, city park to spawning stream, and through the Ballard Locks to salt water and the Cascadia Marine Trail. Native Americans plied the waters of Puget Sound long before the arrival of white explorers.

They knew the sound as Whulge, which loosely translates as “big salt water.” Several tribes inhabited this coast, living on the abundant marine life and using the towering stands of forests to build villages and dugout canoes. Although boats of all kinds now travel these waters, paddling Puget Sound continues to be the best way to explore its beautiful shorelines. The slow, silent pace of a kayak will allow you to absorb the spectacular vistas of Mount Rainier, cabin-dotted islands and wildlife at play.

©  Peter McGee/Greystone Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Seattle
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Duration: Day trip
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Maps: 18447: Lake Washington
Driving Directions: Directions to Metropolitan Seattle

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