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Oyster Dome Loop

 4.5 (28)

Length


8.3 Miles 13.4 Kilometers


1,971' 601 m

Ascent

-1,970' -600 m

Descent

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

2,017' 615 m

High

178' 54 m

Low

Shared By Anthony Cannistra

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All Clear 78 days ago
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A wooded singletrack route with expansive views of Samish Bay and challenging climbs.

Anthony Cannistra

Dogs Off-leash

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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.

Contacts

Land Manager: WA DNR

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Jul 8, 2018
Tommy Osborn
5mi
Jun 24, 2018
Karen Fradley
Jun 14, 2018
Dawn Hardman
May 29, 2018
David S
May 26, 2018
Sam Shockley
Great hike. Lots of switch backs. 8.3mi
May 12, 2018
Javier Flores
Apr 7, 2018
Dong Vo
Feb 19, 2018
Max Green
5.5mi

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  4.5 from 28 votes

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