Sucia Island's Snoring Bay has
Bay Pay Station
beach end of the bay is relatively shallow with a very slow rise to
As you navigate your way into the patches of eel grass
you will want to shut off your outboard so you don't fowl your prop or
clog your outboard's cooling system. Eventually you have to wade the
last hundred feet or so past submerged snags, abandoned fish traps,
and perhaps a few angry crabs. Wading through the shallow water is no
big deal, unless you're
with a friend or spouse that believes stepping on a crab will mean
certain death--If you have one of these people in your life, just
let her ride in the dinghy and tow her to shore.
Once ashore you'll find the pay station off to the right,
and a weathered
picnic table in the middle with a great view of both snoring cove and mud
bay. The thin ridge of pebbles is the only thing separating the two bays.
| Snoring Bay Actually Lives Up To It's Name
There really isn't all
that much there to see or do in Snoring Bay but then that is actually the attraction isn't it?
Getting back to nature.
On the island you can
explore 10 miles of trails, some of which with great overlooks of the bays
and Puget Sound beyond. There are picnic tables ashore and fire
rings which are great for evening campfires when the temperature
drops--provided you brought firewood with you. Collecting firewood
is prohibited but there isn't any to be found anyway because the
people before already picked the surroundings clean. There is
driftwood but it usually won't burn. Families with small children might
enjoy beachcombing the shallow waters of Snoring bay during low
Trails Of Sucia Island
On shore at Snoring
Bay you can head out for some hiking in two directions, either
take the steep ridge trail that climbs up to a vista point
giving you great views of Fossil Bay to the south, or go for the
more level bay trail circling around mud bay before joining up
to the main trail. From there you can continue on to Fossil Bay
& Fox Cove or go the the other way and end up at Echo Bay,
Shallow Bay & Ewing Cove.
Snoring Bay It Got Its Name?
With only two buoys and a small beach, you might
think this tiny cove got its name due to the fact that its a sleepy or boring
and out of the way place to moor your boat.
Snoring Bay was actually named after
a former park ranger who was caught sleeping on the job on the job and snoring
loudly. Who would have thought that sleeping on the job would earn such an honor
as having a place named after you.
Of Mud Bay From Snoring Bay
Behind this grouping of trees is the popular floating dock in fossil bay.
Stone structure from the water system and dock that were part of the quarry
operation that once provided sandstone for Seattle. The quarry was closed
when the stone was determined to be too soft.
C. Ranger's station
/ Maintenance Buildings. A very simple cabin with what looks to be an
outhouse out back and a barn.BEAUTIFUL? MUD BAY
Mud bay is one of the more historic
locations on Sucia Island Marine Park but not one of the
most beautiful. This marshy muddy inlet floods with salty water and drains out
into Fossil Bay twice a day along with the tides.
The Mosquitos & Monster Mud Flies love
to swarm visitors and harrass them well into the night.
The marshy areas adjacent to Mud Bay
that produces swarms of mosquitoes and other insects to delight and
entertain you during your visit to Sucia. A few bugs here and there is part
of nature but be warned, when you enter the stretch of trail leading to Echo
Bay you could become the next victim of an ambush. A flashmob of mosquitoes
and other biting bugs that will swarm you send you running for your life.
You won't see any photos from this stretch of trail because each time I've
tried to make my way through I had to give up and run for cover. A little
insect repellent might make all the difference--be sure to bring some.
The photo to the left is a glamour shot of mud
bay at high tide. You can see the ridge between mud bay and snoring
bay in the distance.
At low tide the bay is completely empty.