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11 hours ago

I took my dog hiked all the way to the main lookout yesterday. Started at 11:30 AM and back to the car at 3:30. Gorgeous day shared with quite few people on the main lookout. But I was so disappointed when I got back to the car. My back trunk window was shattered and my purse was stolen out of my car. This happened during daylight! My Orange Subaru Crosstrek was parked just a few cars away from the restaurant Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive. This is sucks!! So please don’t leave any valuable in your car. Take it with you!! I learned valuable lesson here. But other than that I still love hiking up to Oyster Dome.

Got on the trail around 10:30 am. It was very snowy. Once we got towards the top you can branch off to the Upper Ashland Lakes (.2 mi) or Lower Ashland Lakes (1 mi). We headed towards the Upper Lakes but with all the snow it was hard to see the trail. We weren't able to find the trail with all the snow so we turned back and didn't do the extra mile to the Lower Lakes. We ended up stopping at Beaver Lake on the way down and it was absolutely beautiful. Loved the hike, but be warned the road has multiple potholes going up and then deep snow, so make sure you have the right car for it.

Such a beautiful hike! The parking lot was full but there was plenty of parking on the side of the road. Lots of mud so I would definitely bring good hiking boots and you will be fine!

Hiked this on a beautiful January 13, about as good as you could ask for. Got on the trail right as the sun was rising, and enjoyed the peeks between the trees of Baker and Lake Samish. A few trees were blown down here and there, but nothing that prevents you from advancing up the trail. Once you're near the top and on the forest access road, the views are gorgeous. Baker to the east, and Lake Samish with the Olympics to the west. It was even clear enough to get a glimpse of Rainier way to the south. You're about the same height as the Oyster Dome on this hike, but since you can look both east and west, I'd say this hike is more rewarding (and not very well known). Trailhead is not very well marked, but be sure to keep left at the beginning fork, follow the pink tape.

Perfect short little hike. Super kid friendly.

hiking
7 days ago

Hard to say the actual length of trail as there are loops and tunnels leading off the main trail. We parked at a car at the top and bottom and walked all the way down from the top. Beautiful and full of history, much of the trail buries old track. Neat experience for sure

This is a great little trail for families and small dogs. its very short but still has a great view at the end.

hiking
10 days ago

Went yesterday with my dad and our dogs. Started our hike at 8:30am. We started the hike from chuckenut on the hwy so it was the 7.9 mile hike compared to 5 miles from the samish outlook. Trail was in pretty good shape.
I’ll say if you start at the hwy and not samish outlook those extra miles are nothing buck switch backs going up. My legs are so sore today.

hiking
11 days ago

Awesome views!

hiking
12 days ago

Beautiful setting.

hiking
13 days ago

The hike wasn’t too bad for someone who isn’t very athletic like myself. It was just very long so prepare for that! My boyfriend and I went out today for my birthday and we wore many layers but ended up getting drenched in rain water, river water (you have to cross many, some can get up to mid calf in depth) and ended up turning around before we actually reached Goat Lake because we were worried we wouldn’t make it back before sundown. We hiked Lower Elliot on the way to the lake and Upper Elliot on the way back.. which we recommend because taking Upper Elliot back allows you to descend most of the time. Our advice: wear rain boots in the rainy seasons, dress in layers, maybe bring food because of how long the hike is (took us 4+ hours and remember we didn’t even make it to the lake), and start out early so you can take your time!

hiking
13 days ago

MUST DO.

From the East Coast (specifically New Jersey) and this was our first West Coast hike. Wow, wow, wow. The views were insane, the flora was gorgeous, and the temperature was perfect in August! This review is written late, but if you can make the trip, DO IT!

Super chilled gravel road 99.9% of the trail. It should be rated EASY. Not much to see on the trail itself but if you get off the gravel road you'll find some interesting scenery.

Hiked this a week after major winds blew down a HUGE number of trees. couple places on hike require some crawling and traversing but otherwise ok. Glorious forest walk in foggy weather, but didn't get to see any views as a result. Halfway up encountered snow but easy to walk in hiking shoes, no snowshoes required. Last half mile heading to the mobile tower seems blah.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice day heading up to Goat Lake. There is some snow on the trail but not deep or icy. Road is very potholed on the way to trail but manageable. Hike was very pretty, beautiful forest and Mountain View’s and pretty easy going.

Easy hike with great views. Go early - before 8am for least crowds, good light and a run.

1 month ago

12/8/18
Took the lower trail out and upper trail back. Definitely recommend taking both trails as on the lower you get views of the river and upper you get better views of the mountains. Upper trail is a bit longer so be prepared for that if you use it for the way back. Both are well maintained and it's a fairly easy hike.
The lake is absolutely stunning and views of the mountains and waterfalls won't disappoint!
Still now snow cover as of date above, although some icy spots during stream crossings. Mountain loop highway has no snow as well. Dirt portion is in a bit of rough shape so low cars might struggle with all the pot holes.

Dec 5, 2018:
Road is snow free and in decent shape; it's actually one of the better mountain backroads we've driven on.
Trail is snow covered starting 1 mile in. It's all well compacted and well established. We wore our microspikes. There were a couple slick ice patches in the lower elevation of the trail worth noting.

Did this hike today, no snow, very flat, just really long. There were a couple of little creeks to pass over, nothing crazy. We didn't finish the hike, it would have been dark by the time we got back and we waited to be leaving before it got dark. I would definitely plan on leaving earlier next time. Only saw a few people didn't seem to be a very popular hike but it was very well kept, looked like it was recently serviced! Other than a few potholes on the way up the road to the trailhead and our poor time management it was a pretty nice hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail to some nice lakes. Easy to get to, nothing strenuous, lots of board walks that could be very slippery in wet weather/light snow. We hit a dusting of snow at Beaver Lake. Past Beaver Lake is where the majority of the board walks are, so we put on our "yak-trax" and had no issue. Very lightly trafficked - we saw only 1 other couple the entire time, while at Lake Twenty-Two, that parking lot was overflowing with cars - I can't imagine how crowded that trail was.

Regarding the road: yes, monster DEEP pot-holes, they'll swallow your car, certain destruction, stay-away!!! ;^) Seriously, it appears some people expect these roads to be like a city street all the way to the trailhead. It's a FOREST ROAD for crying out loud! This is a typical FOREST ROAD with pot holes and water - the majority have that. If you have issues with potholes and water, then please stay home. Anyone with the slightest amount of common sense could easily get a Honda Civic to the trailhead with no issues.

quick super easy hike. tons of people out and about. overall great easy hike

hiking
1 month ago

A nice moderate hike with great views at the top! A decent elevation gain and dense forest to hike through.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked 10/27. missed the beautiful larch colors, but was still an amazing hike. Breathtaking views. Note....drove past trailhead was looking for NF-600. thinking it would be marked as such. It is actually at the Rainy Pass rest stop area.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked 11/17 wonderful relatively easy hike with big payoff views. Many hikers were not prepared with traction. mini/micro spikes were needed as most of the trail was iced over. trail head easy off hwy. vault toilet.

Beautiful in the fall when the mountains are covered in snow. Not too much elevation change and you get big views for a moderate amount of effort. Definitely heavily trafficked on the weekend though!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike! The trail is covered in compact snow and ice the last mile. We were fine hiking up in boots, but opted to use micro spikes on the way down. Views at the top were gorgeous

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is in very good condition. As with many other hikes in Washington, 95% of the trail is in the forest. There is one opening along the way, but the payoff really comes at the very end. The views at the end are fantastic, 360 degrees of the mountains at the top. Great views of Mt Daniel, Baring, and Glacier Peak. A neat view of Skykomish from the top as well. Snow in the last mile, but was fine with normal shoes, that may change by weeks end.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice and long. Pretty steep and an amazing view on top. Just not that much to look at besides trees and a couple of streams on your way up

absolutely amazing hike, especially beautiful in the fall.

So beautiful especially when the larch trees are in all their autumn glory. I hiked this 10/24 and the larches were in full effect. I hiked counterclockwise and I was very happy with the decision. It was a busy trail even on a Wednesday so I would suggest off peak times if possible.

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