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blueBlack Oyster Dome Loop

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8.3 mile 13.4 kilometer loop
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,971' 601 m
Descent: -1,970' -600 m
High: 2,017' 615 m
Low: 178' 54 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)

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Trail shared by Anthony Cannistra

A wooded singletrack route with expansive views of Samish Bay and challenging climbs.

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Overview

This route begins with a steep climb of moderate length, rewarded by more mellow grades in dense forest and sweeping views of Samish Bay. Expect large crowds on the descent from Oyster Dome on the weekends. Much of the hike takes place on the famed Pacific Northwest Trail.

Need to Know

If you're planning on running this route counter-clockwise, be prepared for a technical (rocky and root-covered) descent from Oyster Dome, on an otherwise pleasant route.

Description

Park right near milepost 10 on the paved pullouts. Cross the road and enter the Pacific Northwest Trail (also known as the Chuckanut Trail), which climbs several large switchbacks. Follow signs for the Samish Overlook. Once you've had a chance to enjoy the views, transition to the Larry Reed Trail to continue your journey.

At the overlook, cross the parking lot and re-enter the trail to the left of the large bike racks.

At 2.8 miles, take the trail marked Max's Shortcut Trail. You'll reach Lily Lake, and turn left to continue, following sign for Oyster Dome. This short trail segment is appropriately known as the Oyster Lily Trail.

Continue on your way until you reach an intersection with the Samish Bay Trail and the Oyster Dome Spur. Ascend the Oyster Dome Spur to Oyster Dome, which affords sweeping views of Samish Bay. Look out for paragliders launching!

After descending from the Dome, enjoy a technical descent down on the Samish Bay Trail to the intersection with the Pacific Northwest Trail and repeat a small section of switchbacks to return to the road.

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Land Manager: WA DNR

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Jun 6, 2019
Malgorzata Nazar
May 12, 2019
David Ivy
6.9mi — 2h 45m
May 10, 2019
Lindsay Nelson
Sunny day, dry trails 8.8mi — 4h 13m
Apr 29, 2019
Kimia Salmani
Apr 28, 2019
Amy Leigh
Apr 27, 2019
Shana Matthews
Apr 20, 2019
Chris K
8.3mi
Apr 20, 2019
Amy Leigh

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  4.6 from 42 votes

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