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Golden Gardens to West Point Lighthouse Sea Kayaking

Puget Sound, Seattle

Seattle + Tacoma Metro Area, Washington

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Golden Gardens to West Point Lighthouse Sea Kayaking

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  • Bird nests hang from logs at the put-in near Golden Gardens Park.- Golden Gardens to West Point Lighthouse Sea Kayaking
  • Cormorants and gulls are a two of several species of birds that can be seen along the route.- Golden Gardens to West Point Lighthouse Sea Kayaking
  • Stand-up paddleboarding is a popular activity in the area.- Golden Gardens to West Point Lighthouse Sea Kayaking
  • A paddler heads toward Discovery Park.- Golden Gardens to West Point Lighthouse Sea Kayaking
  • A paddler heads toward Discovery Park with the Olympic Mountains in the background.- Golden Gardens to West Point Lighthouse Sea Kayaking
  • A view toward Salmon Bay and the Chittenden Locks.- Golden Gardens to West Point Lighthouse Sea Kayaking
  • Paddlers head toward Discovery Park.- Golden Gardens to West Point Lighthouse Sea Kayaking
  • West Point Lighthouse and a large shipping vessel.- Golden Gardens to West Point Lighthouse Sea Kayaking
  • West Point Lighthouse and Mount Rainier (14,411').- Golden Gardens to West Point Lighthouse Sea Kayaking
  • People on the beach near West Point Lighthouse.- Golden Gardens to West Point Lighthouse Sea Kayaking
  • A kayaker rounds the bend near West Point Lighthouse with a view of Mount Rainier (14,411').- Golden Gardens to West Point Lighthouse Sea Kayaking
  • Kayakers head back toward Golden Gardens Park and the take-out.- Golden Gardens to West Point Lighthouse Sea Kayaking
  • Barnacles line the pilings near the take-out.- Golden Gardens to West Point Lighthouse Sea Kayaking
  • A paddler brings his kayak up the path at the take-out.- Golden Gardens to West Point Lighthouse Sea Kayaking
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views. Wildlife. Easy access from Seattle.
Cons: 
Crowds.
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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):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Water difficulty: 
Easy / Class A
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Paddle Description

Paddle Description

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The paddle from Golden Gardens Park to West Point Lighthouse offers a great outing for beginners and experienced paddlers alike. Begin by carrying your boats and gear down the small trail at the west end of the Ballard Elks Club parking lot. The 2-mile paddle to West Point Lighthouse offers views of birds, jellyfish, occasionally a curious seal, and other marine life.

After you pass the wooden pilings near the put-in, head south along the coast. The route is fairly flexible, and you can choose to stick closer to the shore or paddle further out to sea. While there is a fair amount of boat traffic in the area, the larger vessels tend to remain farther out. This makes the route an excellent paddle for beginners, but it also offers incredible scenery and the occasional wave from passing ships to keep more experienced paddlers entertained. Once you near the West Point Lighthouse, there are numerous beaches with views of Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, and the Olympics that offer secluded spots for a lunch break or a place to rest in the sun before heading back toward Golden Gardens.

Note: If you park in the Ballard Elks Lodge parking lot, your car will most likely be towed. Once you have unloaded/loaded your kayaks and gear, move your car to the on-street parking on Seaview Avenue.

Puget Sound Lighthouses

In total, the Puget Sound is home to 19 U.S. lighthouses still standing, not all of which are currently in use. Lighthouses and light stations include (from north to south):

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