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One of the most beautiful, peaceful hikes I've been on in awhile . Fall colors were amazing. Trailhead can be a little tricky to find, small sign. Trailhead does split off in a few areas but easy to figure out. The lake was beautiful, but extremely cold for September! Past two people the whole hike.

trail running
6 days ago

Had a great morning hike/jog on this trail today.. maybe saw six other people total and one happy puppy. Extremely easy to follow and directions made it simple. Nice hike and not overly challenging

Rain cleared out most of the smoke, but made the trail pretty slick, so watch your footing, especially on steeper parts of the trail. Parts of the trail (mostly during the first half mile) are overgrown and you'll have to fight your way through some brambles, but it was doable!

There was plenty of parking at the trailhead and the trail itself is relatively well-maintained, but I'd definitely recommend downloading the offline map. There were a couple of unmarked forks on the trail that we had to double check.

All in all, a great hike to a beautiful lake with plenty of spots for camping. There weren't a ton of bugs and we only met a handful of people on the trail. It did get a bit chilly when we stopped for lunch at the lake though, so definitely bring a warm rain jacket!

Because of the smoke or fog we didn see a lake, but star minus is for long way to get to the parking lot and the trail wasnt so well maintened, plenty of greens. But I believe that hike is good for hikers with dogs.

Half way up the trail was a mama bear and her cubs. Bear stood her ground and did not run off. As soon as the dog made us aware we headed back down trail. Use caution.

Great hike for me and my level of experience. Longest day hike yet on a very well maintained and serene trail. Elevation change is moderate but enough to keep things interesting

trail running
1 month ago

good fair challenge for a run and the views make every step worth the way. yes steep start that gets ya going then levels out. sign in and be back by dark.

hiking
1 month ago

Oyster Dome Loop Trail

Distance: 8.5 ~ 9.0 mi
Start: 7:15a
End: 11:10a

Parking: I arrived early to get a spot along Chuckanut Dr. I think it can accommodate about 15 cars along the shoulder. When I finished, I saw plenty to spots still open near the trailhead...so, your call.

TrailHead:
The start is at the school bus stop sign...really. The trail starts the accent immediately at a 15-20% grade (sometimes 40%). Granted you'll go through 4 switchback for about roughly 1.7 miles at about 1120 ft gain as you reach the first junction to go right to the Samish overlook or go left/straight up to the Oyster Dome (1.2 mi further to another junction). Keep in mind Oyster Dome peaks at 2080 ft after a total 3.1 mi...so another 900 ft gain to go from there.

Note: there are doing some sales activity so M-F the direct Oyster dome trail is closed (until 8/10/2018) and you'll need to go the Samish lookout way to get to the dome. Luckily, Sat-Sun it is open. I posted a pic here with the sign.

Continuing on, as I did the loop, I went towards the Oyster Dome, then up to Lily Lake (ehh - not really exciting), then back down Max's shortcut trail then Larry Reed trail to the Samish overlook. After a little break at the overlook, head back down to the earlier junction, and back to the Chuckanut trailhead.

Overall a good hike. Not many grand views from the trails, but ok from the Oyster dome and Samish overlook. Today the cloud deck was bad, so I didn't see any water....just peaks sticking out from nearby mountains. Neat in itself. I'd say this is a moderate plus rating.

ps. There were plenty of trail runners (students) and mountain bikers along Maxs shortcut and Larry reed trail. So expect company.

Great trail for the family. Including the four legged members

Absolutely beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

I decided to hike the Oyster Dome since it had been a few years since I hiked this trail. This time I decided to hike the loop for a change in scenery and I was not disappointed. There were quite a few mosquitos around mile 4 or so. My GPS clocked this hike at 8.6 miles all the way around.

The trail is in very good shape overall. It hasn't rained in a while so the trail was dry the entire way around. I hiked counter-clockwise around the loop.

Parking is always the big challenge with the Oyster Dome but you won't be disappointed if you go. Bring lots of water to drink if it is sunny because you will sweat a lot and you don't want to get dehydrated if at all possible.

backpacking
2 months ago

This was an awesome trail. Trail was easily walkable for the most parts. There were several little creeks and maybe a couple medium sized creeks to get across. Shade covered the trail most of the way, which was really nice. Mosquitos were barely an issue. Only very few existed for about the first half of the trail near the water then a few more popped in the second half of the trail. But it was far from the nuisance level even when at the water. They even did not bother my dog, which was the opposite from other places with water and mosquitos. Farther down the second half of the trail was quite lush-y with tall ground plants where you will need to lift your arms as they bow along the trail quite a bit. We stopped at Bank Shanty for our lunch and camped at Camp Jolley. Both sites were pleasant and near the river.

We hiked from the ferry landing to Baker Reserve and the Lummi Peak Trail!! It was a glorious day with stellar views! The day was quite warm, but in the woods everything was just right with the filtering of the sun through the trees!! Everyone we encountered wanted to know where we had been, what did we see, and how was our experience! This was a spectacular day with about 12 miles clocked in!

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. The trail can be a bit difficult to see in 2 or 3 spots where rocks cover it but take a look around and you’ll find where it continues. Having a dog with a knack for finding trails helps :)

Great hike with beautiful views! Great for dogs!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike and a few great little camping areas. I would say that it's one you can bring young kids and they would have a good time. Most of the hike was in the woods. Fairly flat compared to other hikes nearby. Plan on 4-5 hours to go all the way to the campground with some time to rest and take breaks.

First hike in the Seattle area and it did not disappoint! Trail was easy to access and clearly sign posted which was great as we’re from out of town. Distance was closer to 11-12 miles according to my phone tracking and as has been described previously, the switchbacks to the top are tough, but the trail is easy to follow and the view from the top does not disappoint! It was a hard first hike but well worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice beach. Easy walk.

hiking
3 months ago

A pleasant, easy walk on the beach leading to the lighthouse. A good place to kayak and sail. Discover Pass needed to park.

hiking
3 months ago

Did this trail on a Saturday and quite enjoyed it. Hardly anyone else on the route and the views are excellent. Well marked and easy to follow trail. We went searching for the second view and ended up doing ~12.5km total. Found a bit of a second view. Steep at the start then a steady incline. Few roots and rocks.

Cruiser hike! Great camping spots near mile 2.5 and mile 4.5. Followed the creek for pretty much the entirety of the walk about. Tail halfway point is the parking lot of the upper trail. In that case, a bit anticlimactic. Nonetheless beautiful hike. Would do again and maybe do a trail run. 10/10

Both fauna and foliage came through on my first trip there! I spotted a goat climbing down a giant bolder, a stark white (except the tail) blacktail doe, happened upon a huge buck, etc. I won't spoil it all, but when considering Big Hump, be sure to bring extra batteries for your camera or a charger for your phone! I can't wait to press further on my next visit! i may even picnic at the halfway point of Big Hump

Absolutely beautiful trail. Still lots of snow at the top and the lake is still frozen. There was fog at the top too but I could tell if there wasn't there would have been beautiful views. Thankfully I read the prior reviews because I missed the turn on the way down due to snow and started heading up the mountain and realized I missed it. The creek runs along the trail the whole way to help guide you up and down.

hiking
3 months ago

I did this hike on 5/26/18 with the vague description from the website and thank goodness the trailhead was in my google maps before turning off the 101 because once you start going offroad, getting to Silver Lake is not marked at all (the 'Getting There" description is helpful if you ever reach a cross road you are unsure about but save it ahead of time because you probably will not have service when you want to reference it). It's pretty easy to see the trail, it's the only one there at the end. The trail was beautiful for the first 2 miles but once we crossed the river a second time we started hitting snow. Luckily we ran into two other hikers doing a loop and were pointed in the correct direction to get to Silver Lake or we would have missed the intersection between Silver Lake and Mt Townsend completely. As a note, when we went there were pink ribbons tied to the tree and that was helpful coming back down to know where to get off the trail. We walked for about a half mile on snow and then transitioned to the trail when we crossed the water again. The next section was dry until we got to the lake which was completely frozen. Luckily it was clear when we first got there but the clouds rolled in and it got foggy.
It was a great hike and I would recommend! Definitely look out for the trees with notches in them, that helped us a couple times when we weren't sure where the trail was but it would be helpful to have them in more places.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a very easy trail, in fact it is one of the easiest 10+ mile hikes I've done. The footpath is gentle and the slopes are gradual. The bridges are in excellent shape, so crossing water is not an issue.

The hike is peaceful and beautiful with much of it along the river. There is an area just over the bridge by Camp Jolley which should hold a tent or two. Sites to pitch a tent at Camp Shady Bark, about 2.8 miles in from the trailhead, are more plentiful.

on Glass Beach

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful and somewhat easy hike that ended up being 6.9 miles roundtrip. Started about 7am and had the whole beach to our selves until about 11 o'clock. You need to time it right with the tide so you don't get pushed up to the bluffs. About halfway down there are some bigger rocks that made it a little strenuous but once you get to main beach it flattens out. It is hard to find larger sea glass, but once the sun comes up or the bluffs the beach starts to glisten with hundreds of ity bity tiny pieces of glass, of all different colors. Very beautiful hike!!

Great hike with views of the river. The trail is in good shape until Five Mile Camp with only a few blowdowns. After Five Mile Camp there are lots of blowdowns and the trail is more overgrown.

As others have noted, the switchbacks are brutal.

hiking
5 months ago

Starts steep, then gets better. According to the posts at the trailhead it is 1.64 miles there, 1.64 miles back. The overlook is amazing and well worth the hike. No real views of Mt.Baker, but you get those from the ferry.

The switchbacks are brutal but the view is worth the work. The traffic was heavier than I expected it would be. All things considered, a beautiful trail.

inside fort Worden. this is a great area to walk around and explore but stop in somewhere to get a trail map and keep it with you.

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