Jogging and Sailing South Puget Sound

This year’s summer vacation involved sailing from Port Townsend, southwards through Puget Sound, its South Basin to Olympia and back in our ancient Tartan 30 sailboat. Along the way we stopped off at various places to enjoy scenery and do some jogging.

Puget Sound & South Basin

Puget Sound & South Basin

Summer was in full swing with unseasonably hot temperatures, so being on the water was refreshing when a breeze was blowing; though is was generally very calm, so more motoring than sailing!!

We stopped off at Blake Island, SW of Seattle, and jogged its perimeter trail of about 4 miles.

Blake Island Trails

Blake Island Trails

 

 

 

 

More info about Blake Island – Here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another good place for jogging was Point Defiance, northwest of Tacoma. As many miles as you want here and it’s easy to get turned around without a map.

Point Defiance Trails

Point Defiance Trails

 

More info about Point Defiance – Here.

and Point Defiance Marina – Here.

 

 

 

 

Just South of Point Defiance is Tacoma Narrows and its huge suspension bridges. The tide races through either flooding or emptying the south basin. We chose to go through with tide in our favor as I don’t think the engine is powerful enough to fight a 4 knot tide.

North of Tacoma Narrows Bridge

Ingrid North of Tacoma Narrows Bridge

South of Tacoma Narrows Bridge

South of Tacoma Narrows Bridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next stop for a jog was Hope Island, about 10 miles north of Olympia. The wind picked up a little and we waited for it to back off before rowing ashore. Hope Island was pretty small and only gave a 2 mile jog but it was fun all the same taking in all the small offshoot trails for different water views. There was also a neat single settlement with historical info board, windmill style water pump and old orchard.

Hope Island Trails

Hope Island Trails

Sunset at Hope Island

Sunset at Hope Island

 

 

 

 

More info about Hope Island – Here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a visit to Washington State Capital we enjoyed an excellent beer and meal at Fish Tale Ales Brew Pub – 515 Jefferson St SE, Olympia.

Fish Tale IPA

Fish Tale IPA

On our return journey we moored a long way from shore due to tidal flats at Tolmie State Park. Four mooring buoys also netted a diving area, but a fifth one (most easterly) had no extra lines or floats to tangle with our keel and propeller. It was a boiling hot day and a long row to register and have a brief look around. A 15 ft. tide was mostly out but flooding quickly on the exposed flats; great place for oysters and clamming with several park volunteers educating us about marine critters. We were informed where the poop hole is located on a sand dollar and where its mouth is – a useful piece of information for Trivial Pursuits!! After returning to the boat and getting our trainers and washing kit we rowed back again and hauled the dinghy above high tide line, then we jogged all the shaded forest trails covering about 4 miles before taking a cold fresh water shower at the head of the beach. Refreshing!!

Tolmie State Park Trails

Tolmie State Park Trails

Sunset on Mt. Rainier

Sunset on Mt. Rainier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More info about Tolmie State Park – Here.

 

 

 

 

Our last jogging stop was on Maury Island adjacent to Vashon Island at Dockton Forest. All the trails were easily accessed from the funky Dockton Marina. Dockton Forest offered 9 miles of bendy, twisty, hilly trails up to 350 ft elevation. The forest is unusual because one half of it was mainly just Madrona trees where the other half was a more traditional mixed Pacific NW forest.

Dockton Forest

Dockton Forest

More info about Dockton Forest – Here.

King County trail map – Here.

 

Captain Martin with Mt. Rainier aft.

Captain Martin with Mt. Rainier aft.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had to check out the famous waterfront of Seattle’s skyline before heading home.

Seattle from Elliot Bay

Seattle from Elliot Bay