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Oyster Dome Trail is a 7.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Burlington, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.9 mi Elevation gain 1,965 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Cave

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Muddy

Rocky

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Getting There

Park on west side of the street.

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.

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Reviews (1259)
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Recordings (862)
Completed (3622)
Jas Krueger
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Hiking

This challenging beautiful trail is 4.8 mi to the Oyster Dome Lookout. To get to Oyster Dome, take the PNW trailhead then merge onto the Samish trail then on to Oyster Dome Trail. You can also head to Lily and Lizard Lakes from this trail. Oyster Dome lookout is the most incredible stunning view I’ve seen around this area! The lookout is scattered with enormous boulders to sit and have a bite to eat or relax and take in the view. I would classify this as a hard trail vs moderate hike. I’m definitely doing this hike again! Fabulous workout. Bring water and good shoes. Enjoy!

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Fai P
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Hiking

It was hard after a long day we couldn’t even make it up all the day.

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Jan Caraang
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HikingBugsGreat!
Morgan Lerchenmuller
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Hiking

Most beautiful sunset I’ve ever seen!

Inspector Clouseau
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HikingGreat!

Nice hike with great views and a cool sea breeze, but the trail was a bit rocky and almost felt a bit unsafe at parts with sharp drop offs, plus the parking is on the side of a major road so you need to walk through traffic to get tot the trailhead. It’s also kind of tight to slot the car between the cliff with no railings and the fairly busy major road with cars whizzing by sharp turns.

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Gillian Myers
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Hiking

PSA- Our cars were broken into, windows smashed parked on Chuckanut at the trailhead yesterday 7-28-2020. Reminder that this has been happening lately and to maybe leave your car unlocked and don’t leave valuables to be stolen. Better that than dealing with a broken window IMO. Trail is great as always. It’s popular and beautiful.

Edgar Olmos-Lara
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HikingRocky
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Von Olmos
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HikingBugsRocky
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katlyn cummings
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Hiking

FYI AND PSA to everyone who drives hella fast around these dirt roads - the dust flies up into the trail and makes it really effing hard to breathe... drive normally and respect the area ...Thxx

Melissa Bucklin
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Stepherton F
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HikingGreat!
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V C.
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HikingRocky

Great trail and great views! I got to the trailhead at 5:30 am on a Wednesday and only saw two people on the way up. The trail starts off steep right away and continues like that for pretty much the whole hike, though there are some flat bits occasionally. And when I say steep sections, I mean really steep! I was glad to have poles especially on the way down. Views were obscured by the fog a bit but still pretty. Saw about 25 people on the way down, roughly half wearing masks. Please remember to bring a face covering and pick up after your dog (including the bag!). Logged 8.7 miles round trip starting at Chuckanut Drive. Some bugs but not too big of an issue

diazn81573 .
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BugsGreat!

WOW...such an amazing hike! Did this today on a Tuesday so I was blessed with very little traffic and a beautiful, clear day. The trail is clearly marked and well maintained. It was definitely a challenge but the summit is 100% worth every step up.

Annie Beardsley
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Hiking

I love this trail because it’s a great workout. What I don’t like is there’s always a lot of people up there. Not for people really out of shape or with bad knees. Very well used and maintained.

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joan Sommantico
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I use this trail often because I live close and it's a good workout. Been doing it for years. The view is great at the top and I'm happy that so many have been exploring here recently. I would only ask that you please carry a baggy for your Kleenex. The trail is starting to look like your mother needs to come pick up after you.

Jose Roques
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Hiking

Great training trail, especially if you go before 9:00 am to avoid crowds. It takes slightly over 2 hours if you are in good shape.

Leslie Rincon
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Hiking

Did this hike yesterday, was gorgeous on the clear day! We did pass quite a few people but that’s to be expected since it was a Saturday. Mask compliance maybe like 50-60%? A lot of sections it’s very difficult to step off the trail to allow people to pass through at a safe distance

Sunjay Dhama
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HikingBugs

This was great hike! Amazing views. Not too crowded, even on a Saturday afternoon. Was 10.5 miles round trip and took 3.5 hours, including 30 mins to Lily Lake. I didn’t include the 15mins that I stopped at the top to take pictures. Again: Views were amazing, could easily see San Juan Islands.

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Kunal Seth
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HikingGreat!
Rihana B
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Hiking

Beautiful views at the end. Perfect for sitting and chilling .. loved it.

Ian Philip
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HikingGreat!

The wonderful view of Puget Sound makes this hike a favorite of mine, though it is often quite crowded at the trail terminus.

Michael Setty
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Hiking

For starters, I would recommend getting here early! The trail is VERY popular, I passed at least 100 people this morning. The trail itself is very much a hill, be prepared to be on an incline the entire way on a relatively narrow path but very easy to follow path. There is a sort of rest area about halfway (just a bench, but with a taste of the view at the top) The trail itself isn't much to write about, it opens up a bit about halfway through but the payoff at the end was fantastic. The view at the top is incredible on a clear day and anyone familiar with the island area needs to make the trip at some point for it. There was no facilities the whole way up.

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Derek Holmer
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Kiran Sondhi
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Hiking

I’ve done this hime so many times that it’s become overwhelming overrated. Definitely a must!! The incline is steep but the view is worth it. Remembered to check the weather beforehand.

Kim F
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Hiking

Nice trail with a lot of switchbacks. The view from the top is nice! Plenty of bugs and not crowded on a Wednesday afternoon. Round trip from chuckanuk drive took around 2.5 hrs with some time at the top

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