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Golden Gardens to Hedley Spit, Bainbridge Island

Seattle + Tacoma Metro Area, Washington

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Golden Gardens to Hedley Spit, Bainbridge Island

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  • A kayak rests on the shore of Golden Gardens Park in Seattle.- Golden Gardens to Hedley Spit, Bainbridge Island
  • Barges and other large shipping vessels frequent the Puget Sound between Seattle and Bainbridge Island.- Golden Gardens to Hedley Spit, Bainbridge Island
  • Golden Gardens Park.- Golden Gardens to Hedley Spit, Bainbridge Island
  • The crossing toward Hedley Spit on Bainbridge Island.- Golden Gardens to Hedley Spit, Bainbridge Island
  • One of the many houses along Hedley Spit.- Golden Gardens to Hedley Spit, Bainbridge Island
  • Gulls rest on a pier near Hedley Spit on Bainbridge Island.- Golden Gardens to Hedley Spit, Bainbridge Island
  • Houses along Hedley Spit.- Golden Gardens to Hedley Spit, Bainbridge Island
  • A sea bird floats in the Puget Sound.- Golden Gardens to Hedley Spit, Bainbridge Island
  • A tug boat cruises along on the Puget Sound.- Golden Gardens to Hedley Spit, Bainbridge Island
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Easy access from Seattle. Great views. Solitude.
Cons: 
Long, open water crossing. Shipping traffic.
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Region:
Seattle + Tacoma Metro Area, WA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Site characteristics: Water: 
Sound/Strait
Motorized watercraft allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Portage required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Water difficulty: 
Moderate / Class B
Current Local Weather:
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Paddle Description

Paddle Description

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The trip from Golden Gardens Park to Hedley Spit on Bainbridge Island and back is a great paddle for kayakers looking to test their skills on the open water. Conditions can be dramatically different depending on the tide and weather, but these factors make for an exciting day trip. The 12-mile trip can be broken up with a stop at Fay Bainbridge Park before exploring Hedley Spit and heading back across the sound. Keep an eye out for curious marine life including seals, sea lions, and sea gulls along the piers that line the shores of Bainbridge Island.

Note that crossing the Puget Sound should never be taken lightly. Conditions can change quickly even on sunny days. The crossing from Golden Gardens to Bainbridge is long, and the conditions can change quickly with the weather. Kayakers crossing to Bainbridge Island should be aware that they are crossing a major shipping channel. Monitoring channel 14 for shipping traffic with a VHF radio is highly recommended.

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