Oyster Dome Trail

MODERATE 134 reviews
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Oyster Dome Trail is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Burlington, WA that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible from May until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.3 miles 1781 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

walking

cave

forest

river

views

bugs

muddy

rocky

From the south, take the Larrabee State Park/Chuckanut Drive exit off of I-5 (exit 231) and drive just past the 10 mile post on Chuckanut Drive (SR 11) and park on the paved, wide place on the west shoulder. From Bellingham, take exit 250 and drive south on SR 11 about 12 miles to the paved right shoulder. There probably will be a string of parked cars, and there isn't much room, so come early. The Pacific Northwest Trailhead is on the east side of the highway.


10 days ago

Great year round hike.


16 days ago

Good hike with great view at the top. Quite busy on weekends. Combination of incline and levelling out on the way up.


18 days ago

This is one of my favorite hikes! Once you arrive at your destination, the views are incredibly amazing. There is a camp site located nearby up the trail that would be fun to try. This hike can be a bit challenging and is longer than what is written, just be prepared for that! The hike is gorgeous the entire time though


23 days ago

hiking

Great hike, phenomenal view!


24 days ago


24 days ago

hiking

Challenging for the inclines! Awesome hike!


1 month ago

hiking

Was not sure where to start the hike, was hiking with someone local to the area. Drove by the beginning of the trail at Chuckanut Drive, but wanted to find the Samish Overlook parking. This was about 25 minutes away (GPS) with entry on the other side of the mountain. Road to the Samish Overlook is a dirt gravel road, not quite wide enough for two cars to pass unless one stops, watch for pot holes. Will arrive at lower parking lot, need to continue and follow to Upper trail. Follow signage for Samish Overlook. Will come to a wide circular area where extra cars may park, drive about another 30 yards and you will come to the Samish Overlook parking area. WA Discover Pass needed to park here. Already quite a bit up the hill, with a beautiful view with some benches around to enjoy the view. Looks like two take off areas for paragliders, but none today. Good signage to direct you to Oyster Dome, begins on the Chuckanut Trail, and starts downhill. Intersects with the Samish Bay Trail, go right and trail is then uphill. After a couple of miles, will come to another intersection with directions to the Oyster Dome, Samish Overlook, Chuckanut Drive and Lily Lake. Oyster Dome is about 20 to 30 minutes beyond, depending on how quickly you are hiking. I stop a lot on the uphill. :) View was totally worth it. Very sunny today, no cloud cover, was glad we were almost entirely in the trees and shade on the hike. Several different areas to sit and enjoy the view. Also, can sit back in the trees. Great hike, totally worth doing again. Distance is about 5 miles from the Samish Overlook.


1 month ago

hiking

This hike was very nice with beautiful views. There were a lot of bugs so bring bug spray!


1 month ago

hiking

Straight up and straight down. Would not recommend for someone with bad knees, but the view is definitely worth the work.


1 month ago

The trail was under construction for a part of it and we had to take a course that went straight up in November 2015. But the hike was worth the view. Beginner hiker, struggled but can definitely be done.


1 month ago

hiking

Excellent view at the top. Samish Overlook trailhead is a good viewpoint. You could see paragliding there as well.


1 month ago

hiking


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1 month ago

hiking

Very steep from the road to the Samish Lookout, several switchbacks. But the trail is nice and well maintained.


1 month ago

hiking

From the Samish Overlook trailhead (which has abundant parking and views nearly as amazing as at the top of the trail) the route is 3.7 miles round trip. Beautiful views, this hike is best done on an clear day.


1 month ago

hiking

This trail is well maintained and the signage is clear. There were great views from the parking lot and the top. I have a 7 and 9 year old and they loved it!


2 months ago


2 months ago

I basically died during this hike but that was mainly because I hadn't eaten before (which is incredibly stupid). It's actually a 7 mile hike, and definitely plan to go on a clear day when you can visibly see the view from the top, otherwise it'll just be foggy! Definitely a butt-kicker


2 months ago

hiking

Poorly marked but well worth it! Great uphill climb and a truly majestic viewpoint. Don't let the parking dissuade you: the trail wasn't nearly as crowded as it looked from the road.
You can see the San Juans all the way to the Olympics on a clear day! For a Washington newcomer like me, this was a marvelous introduction to the wonders this land holds!


2 months ago

hiking

Beautiful views at the top, but just a standard trek in the woods on the way up. Not sure why this hike is listed as featuring a river...there are a few small creeks but no river. Our 6 year old son managed to make it to the top, but it was definitely a challenge for him.