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.
dogs on leash
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.
Straight up and straight down, it'll leave you huffing and puffing and then running all the way back down. Took me 2hrs up and 1:30hr down. i started at 12 and had lots of traffic on the trail and at the dome. Really great overall but prep your knees and bring your poles!
Beautiful. Steep at the end but felt great and doable
Nice views of Samish Bay and Skagit farmland.
Great hike. Great spot for a solo hike.
Great training trail for backpacking with best lunch spot around. Also good camping at Lizard and Lilly lakes. Best lunch spot anywhere!
love this trail, definitely have encountered tougher ones but moderatly difficult!
Beautiful hike.....steep but beautiful!!! Busy trail. Lots of passing other hikers. Super hike with amazing views to look at while resting and enjoying lunch. I would love to see the sunset from here.
Without stopping for breaks or pictures it took me 1.5 hours up. Top was pretty busy with babies and dogs and was during a week day. Overall hike was worth the 7 ish (not 5) miles. Legs are def feeling it.
Great hike. Got there at 10:15 am and glad we did - we passed more than 50 people on the way down, so the oyster dome would have been very crowded if we had started at noon.
This is a 7 mile out and back not 5 mile. Took us 1:45 up and 1:15 back. Spectacular views at the dome! Highly recommended.
Great hike, busy on weekends. Worth the climb from Chuckanut Dr just passed the restaurant.
Great year round hike.
Good hike with great view at the top. Quite busy on weekends. Combination of incline and levelling out on the way up.
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
Great hike, phenomenal view!
Challenging for the inclines! Awesome hike!
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.