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Hunter Beach Info

PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 1:50 pm
by Loki
Located 1 hour and 20 minutes north of Seattle, the less frequented Hunter beach tends to see the same thermal push that Jetty does. On a Friday in July 2010, I counted about 20 kites in the air at the peak.

Park in Farmers Johns grass lot that he has made for us kiters. Coming from the south on Chuckanut drive, take a right on Colony Dr. and take a right into the first drive way. Turn right through the fence and park in the lot next to the road there on the corner. Walk directly west, through the grass field, straight toward the water.

Rig in the field and launch, walk past the drainage ditches, up the dike, then down over the rocks to the water. If you don't want to deal with the rocks, walk 2 minutes north to an easier launch spot. There is a significant amount of wood from an old dock right by the shore. It's easy to get around, but is a downwind obstacle to look out for. Ridable on a +4 tide and higher. Small, mucky beach at +4 feet. At high tide the water is waist deep at the rocks.

Satellite view and pictures of rigging/launching area:
Pictures: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=3467&p=22450#p22450 ... 1&t=h&z=19


This is private property which means there is an unwritten code we should all follow so that we keep farmer Terry happy and agreeable to access his property.

Please don't park in front of the fire hydrant.
Since it's private property and Terry doesn't drink we should respect that and not bring alcohol to the beach.
Terry also requested all personal gear while kiting should be kept up on the dike or the yellow area in the picture above and not in the field. Last year he had to plow that area while people were kiting, but could not because of gear in the way.
I also heard a rumor that the home owner near the parking area has small kids. He expressed concern that folks were making the area smell of urine and that his kids may have got a glimpse of a "juan thomas" or two. So please be discrete or change out in the field.
Also if you see litter, please pick it up. Terry said he would shut us down if he saw any litter.

TJ's forecast works well for Hunter.


Skagit getting close to 10+ from the NW is a good sign.. Whatever Skagit reads, it is usually +5 on the water.

IF the Arlington to Eastsound pressure gradient is:
.02 North... Likely 16m Winds...
.03 = Likely 12m...
.04 = Likely 9m...
.05+ Likely 7m...

Start time is usually by 1:30 or so... so keep your eyes on the gradients.

Water / sea floor:
Flat and shallow. Small swell and kickers as the tide comes in. The sea floor is thick, sticky greyish mud that will suck in your feet and makes for murky water. Clam shells and the rocks by the launch mean booties are recommended.

More info taken from Dogfish Point:
Chuckanut works on high pressure Northerly patterns so that usually means blue skies and warm air. Wind often is hair dryer steady, but it can have the odd gusty holey day. Also low tides in summer mean warm water.

Chuckanut benefits from local topography and a micro climate. To the south the Skagit Valley and Snohomish heat up quickly compared to the San Juan Islands creating a thermal draw. Add a Northerly pattern over the Sound and a venturi effect from Chuckanut Mountain that gives the wind a 5-10 knot boost. When it sets up it goes off almost always between 12:00 and 1:00, and blows till about 4:00 or so. Sometimes it starts sooner and/or lasts longer, but 1:00-4:00 is the time to hit it.

Wind: NW, N

Observations: should be NW and bumping up

Entrance Is and Vancouver W-NW in the teens in the AM, trending up
Skagit Regional, wind trending up in the AM, should be close to double digits by 11:00
Bellingham, wind will be W and trending up to around 10 by 11:00 or noon
Increasing Northerly pressure diffs between Vancouver-Seattle, and East Sound-Arlington

Re: Hunter Beach Info

PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2010 9:23 pm
by theory
wear booties or clam shells will cut your feet!

Re: Hunter Beach Info

PostPosted: Wed Mar 24, 2010 3:19 pm
by Colleen
The warnings about the dogfish launch do not apply to hunter. It is advised to have someone assist you when going over the dike but other than that, it is a friendly spot. Theres plenty of room to pump up and rig, shallow flat water, consistent winds, and a large kiting area. There are some old pilings to watch out for but they are all lined up along the dike and are very visible, no matter the tide. You will want to make sure to wear booties, the oyster shells are nasty to step on (you can ask zack about this one). You will also want to check the tide, tides lower than 2ft will require a walk to the water (low tides will typically be dogfish sessions).

Oh yeah, one more warning... Be mindful of your kite as you come over the ditch and walk to the field or you might end up going for a swim in the irrigation ditch (laugh all you want but it has happened). yuck.

If you need anymore info, get a hold of bellingham kiteboarding. I heard those guys are awesome ;) .


Re: Hunter Beach Info

PostPosted: Wed Mar 24, 2010 3:49 pm
by Loki
Thanks for the info. Here are some pictures to match the description:

Re: Hunter Beach Info

PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2016 5:03 am
by adolfainsley8
The sea floor is thick, sticky greyish mud that will suck in your feet and makes for murky water. Clam shells and the rocks by the launch mean booties are recommended????

Re: Hunter Beach Info

PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2016 6:56 am
by xander294
Booties are recommended but it is rideable without. That place is best on higher tides as the hike to the water on low tides gets old through the soft mud.

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Re: Hunter Beach Info

PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:26 pm
by Robert
Parking in the yard is no longer allowed. Park along the south side Colony Dr, make sure to pull as far off the road as possible. If you're changing into your wetsuit wear a towel or changing robe, no nudity, or urination allowed along this road in sight of the house!