Paddling a Day Hike!
Of the 125 hikes in my Day Hiking Book North Cascades Book, several can be explored by alternative methods. You could horseback ride or mountain bike a few of the routes described-but how many of them can you paddle? Just one! The Padilla Bay Dike Trail in Skagit County. With a high tide; my wife Heather, friend Mary Jo, and I took to the bay and paddled up Indian Slough following along the shoreline trail. Got to plod through plenty of eel grass-one of Padilla Bay's famed natural features which feeds 1,000s of brants come fall. The coolest aspect of the trip other than the late evening light illuminating the waters and grass beds-was paddling by the shoreline barn-a much photographed landmark along the trail. It makes for a wonderful shoot too from the water. A great adventure-and nice to finish a "hike" with sore arms instead of legs!
Photo- Mary Jo paddles by the famous Padilla Bay Trail slough side barn