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Oyster Dome Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (46) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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8.3

Miles

13.4

KM

Loop

2,017' 615 m

High

178' 54 m

Low

1,971' 601 m

Up

1,970' 600 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

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

Shared By:

Anthony Cannistra

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  4.6 from 46 votes

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Photos

San Juan Islands
Apr 17, 2016 near Bow, WA
Oyster Dome offers a beautiful water view.
Jun 28, 2017 near Bow, WA
Well-maintained trail.
Jul 12, 2017 near Bow, WA
Easy creek crossing.
Sep 28, 2016 near Bow, WA
Chuckanut Trail
Apr 17, 2016 near Bow, WA
New signs at the old junction.
Sep 28, 2016 near Bow, WA

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Apr 28, 2021
Nicole Knowles
Mar 27, 2021
Ashley Wollam
Solid hike that provided both a strenuous workout and enjoyable scenery. The climb felt consistently steep with a few short breaks. 10.1mi — 4h 51m
Feb 5, 2021
James Lott
Dec 29, 2020
Erin Q
Nov 2, 2020
Abby Hric
Oct 4, 2020
Dan T
8.3mi
Aug 9, 2020
Cassie Hudson
Hugh Elevation Gain 7.7mi — 3h 03m
Jun 11, 2020
Kevin Austin
Up, up, up! Great views!