Sucia, Matia, and Patos Islands - Orcas Island

East Sound, Washington

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A challenging open-water crossing to a popular series of islands, with intriguing geology, and numerous camping, hiking, and biking opportunities. Geologically, Sucia, Matia, and Patos Islands are relatives, all sharing their characteristic tilted beds of shale and sandstone. The formations are, however, arguably best expressed on Sucia, where you’ll find spectacular cliffs, caves, and formations sculpted by water and wind, including the bizarre “mushroom” formation in Fox Cove. The island’s also home to huge boulders tumbled onto its beaches, including the Chinaman Rock on the northeast side of Shallow Bay, where Chinese being smuggled from Canada into the United States supposedly hid among the rocks.
San Juan Islands: A Guide to Exploring the Great Outdoors

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San Juan Islands: A Guide to Exploring the Great Outdoors

by Dave Wortmand (Falcon Guides)

A challenging open-water crossing to a popular series of islands, with intriguing geology, and numerous camping, hiking, and biking opportunities. Geologically, Sucia, Matia, and Patos Islands are relatives, all sharing their characteristic tilted beds of shale and sandstone.

The formations are, however, arguably best expressed on Sucia, where you’ll find spectacular cliffs, caves, and formations sculpted by water and wind, including the bizarre “mushroom” formation in Fox Cove. The island’s also home to huge boulders tumbled onto its beaches, including the Chinaman Rock on the northeast side of Shallow Bay, where Chinese being smuggled from Canada into the United States supposedly hid among the rocks.

© 2005 Dave Wortmand/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: East Sound
Distance: 5
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Best spring through fall
Driving Directions: Directions to Sucia, Matia, and Patos Islands - Orcas Island

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