Sea kayak with the seals & porpoises and end up on Sinclair Island, the perfect spot to set up your hammock and sleep by the beach. 

Drive to the Port of Anacortes, where you will catch a ferry over to Guemes Island. From there, drive to the North end of the island, where you will find free public parking. Unload your gear, pack up the kayaks and set off west to cross from Guemes Island to Cypress Island. Then, if the weather is looking promising, continue to make the pass from Cypress Island to Sinclair Island. That passing can be quite burly, so don't attempt any big waves if you aren't confident in your ability.

There are several clear spots of land where you could set up a tent. But my group kayaked around to the Northwestern side to Viqueen Lodge, owned by Western Washington University. We set up hammocks around the fire pit, to cook dinner & s'mores. Hopefully you pick a night with good weather, because I imagine anything but a clear sky would be a little wet and cold.

On the return passage, you will go basically the same way, except reverse. Pass from Sinclair Island to Cypress Island, and then from Cypress Island to Guemes Island. Take the ferry back to the homeland, and you are golden!

Pack List

  • Sea Kayak
  • Paddle
  • Food Supplies
  • Plenty of Water
  • Hammock or Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Rainjacket
  • Extra Layers
  • Waterproof Pants & Dry Top
  • Lifejacket 
  • Waterproof Shoes
  • Gloves
  • Hat
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Activities Camping, Kayaking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Autumn
Easy Parking

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