South Sound

Olympia, Washington 98511

South Sound

South Sound Professional Review and Guide

"Southern Puget Sound offers outstanding paddling experiences year round. Long, placid inlets provide habitat for many varieties of birds; harbour seals and river otters are frequently sighted. Acres and acres of sand dollars can be seen in many places as you glide along the beaches, sending red rock crabs scurrying for cover amidst the kelp. Pickering Passage and Case Inlet offer a terrific circular trip for discovering the wonders of the south sound, with opportunities for further exploration in Budd, Eld, Totten and Hammersley Inlets or eastward through Dana Passage along 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."

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Trail Information

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Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
1 - 3 days
Best spring through fall
18440: Puget Sound; 18445: Puget Sound -- Possession Sound to Olympia
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Jul 2018