It depends on the group’s decision in our Orientation & Packing meeting the day/evening before departure into the wilderness. Typically, groups prefer to get an early start in the morning. Early can mean calmer waters with less wind. On the last trip day, most groups prefer to return to town by noon-2 pm. But again, departure and return times are determined as a group, with your guide’s leadership, during the O/P meeting, and may be influenced by airline travel or other important return deadlines of group members.