|| Cornet Bay
|| July 13, 2002
||IV/V (Potential Currents)
|| Skagit Island via Deception Pass.
This can be an extremely challenging paddle. Currents in
excess of 7 knots may be encountered if you don't plan correctly.
You should only attempt this paddle if you comfortable in currents
and you can interpret the current charts. The best time to
transition the pass is at slack water just before the flood, slack
in Deception pass doesn't last long so plan on paddling in just
prior to slack. There are places on the south side of the pass
to pull out of the current and rest or allow motor boat traffic to
pass. Once clear of the pass paddle north and return via Canoe
Pass and let the flood push you down to Skagit Island. There
is a strong (2+kts) current between Hope and Ala Spit. Plan
ferrying across and then paddling in the back eddy. This can
be an exhilarating paddle if planned right and a disaster if wrong!
|| 4-5 hours