Oyster Dome Loop

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8.3 Miles 13.4 Kilometers


90%

Singletrack

1,971' 601 m

Ascent

-1,970' -600 m

Descent

2,017' 615 m

High

178' 54 m

Low

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

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

Anthony Cannistra

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.
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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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May 6, 2017
Joe Osiecki
Amazing trail. Got a little turned around and added a few extra miles as a result but it was a great and beautiful hike. 10mi
Apr 30, 2017
K M
First time hiking. Hard on the way up 7mi
Apr 29, 2017
Mark Rosenberg
8.3mi
Apr 16, 2017
Gary Elbaum
Great family hike. I took the 1/2 loop 4mi
Apr 15, 2017
Jenny Greenland
Great views from the top! Recommend getting there early to avoid the afternoon crowds. 8.3mi
Apr 8, 2017
Nathan Godfrey
Mar 31, 2017
Kyle Woltzen
Mar 22, 2017
nic sev

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  4.4 from 8 votes

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