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Anyway, upon your arrival in Whittier go to the small boat harbor and launch, pay your launch and parking fee, and head out from the harbor, entering what is known as the "passage canal". Once you make it around the sea wall of the harbor, be very cautious as there are often many boats of all sizes coming out of this harbor, and they don't always look for kayakers. If one of the massive cruise ships is coming out I might personally head for shore and wait for it to pass, as the narrow channel can create massive wakes.
Once you have cleared the harbor proceed north, straight across the passage canal to the northern shore. Upon hitting the northern shore (about a 1 mile crossing) turn east and proceed along the coast. This is a rocky cliff with typically beautiful Alaska scenery. There are white waterfalls cascading down green cliffs to the ocean. As you proceed about two miles east you will come to an area with two spectacular waterfalls and several thousand Kittiwake gulls. Apparently this is their summer rookery, and it is a truly spectacular sight. I didn't think it was possible to cram this many gulls into such as small area, but they do it.
From the rookery turn south and make the one mile crossing of the passage canal back to the south shore. From here turn west back toward the harbor. On your way back you'll pass more forest scenery, and an active salmon stream pouring into the passage canal. Overall it is a seven mile loop, and a highly satisfying day trip for anyone in the Anchorage area.
This is cold water, so if you are going alone I'd recommend you wear dry gear, even in the summer (I do). Beware of the boats, there are a lot, but you'll clear them as soon as you get out of sight of Whittier.
$12.00---tunnel pass for car with kayak mounted on top
$8.25---fee for launch and recovery of a kayak at the harbor
$10.00----daily parking fee (there is also a cheaper lot that is only five dollars for all day, but it was a good quarter mile hike away.
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