Oyster Dome Trail

MODERATE 536 reviews

Oyster Dome Trail is a 5.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Burlington, Washington that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1886 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

trail running

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.

25 minutes ago

A good view at an outlook along the way and then the view at the end is amazing. Trails were good and dry. Bring bug spray; the mosquitos were plentiful.

17 days ago

Great views, beautiful forest, very well maintained trail easy to navigate. Parking is very limited so get there early. Also note there is a separate route to Oyster Dome starting from the Samish Overlook parking area on Blanchard Mountain. It’s less elevation gain and a bit shorter.

hiking
23 days ago

Great views! Alternate between switchbacks and flat ish sections. Nice little detours too.

Parking was the only downside but if you a bit father from the trailhead there is a thicker shoulder on the road to park on!

hiking
28 days ago

We parked on the side of the road on Hwy 11. This route is 1.5 miles longer making your hike 8 miles round trip. It’s also much steeper with a lot more switchbacks that make you want to turn around. A few small creeks to cross but they were not a problem. At the 2 mike mark, you will come to a lookout point with a bench to sit down and have a snack. It’s a beautiful view and if you feel you need to stop there then that would be the place. If you have the energy, keep going. Once to the top of Oyster dome all the switch backs were worth it. It’s amazing up top.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail was well maintained and moderately trafficked. There are some slippery roots near the creeks so use caution. The view is worth the switch backs that will make you wonder how much further. But the switch backs are only .75 or less miles depending on where you are at on them from the sign to turn toward the dome. Which is only .25 miles from that! Use caution with small children and the dome edges .

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Steep. Wet. Worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail and beautiful view. Get there early, by noon it’s hard to find parking.

1 month ago

The most beautiful trail yet!! We hiked up to Lily Lake first and then Oyster Dome. When we got back to my car, three people where paragliding. There was a little bit of snow around the lake but everything else was clear.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing views of Salish Sea. We went in July so no mud or ice. Incredibly haunting old trees despite the sign of loggers from a time past. Strenuous but you can do it with kids if you park at the top lot.

Can’t wait to go back (bonus that it gives an excuse to visit Bellingham afterwards for a beer at http://www.aslanbrewing.com

1 month ago

View of the San Juan islands at the top was incredible! Could have still used cramp ons when we went in March.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a nice hike, not too challenging. It’s pretty steep in the beginning, evens out for a bit, and then gets steep again before you get to the top. Muddy in some places, no snow or ice. It was cloudy and foggy but still worth the hike. I’ll have to go again on a sunny day.

2 months ago

trail was in great shape. it’s not an easy hike but worth it to get the views and my dog loved it.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful day for a hike up and back, watch out for some ice near the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun day with kids. We stop about 3 tenths from the top and came back down. We had not planned for the ice at the top. We will definitely go back to complete the trail.

hiking
3 months ago

.... a steady uphill climb is rewarded with a spectacular view out over Bellingham Bay with the rugged silhouette of vancouver island as the backdrop .. ..

3 months ago

never disappoints...lots of people today both young and old. love to see them all out!

hiking
3 months ago

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hiked around 10am yesterday. trail was great. couple spots of light mud and water but with good balance your shoes won't get dirty.

hiking
3 months ago

They have revised the Trail with more switchbacks which makes it not so much straight up On a clear day, the hike is worth for the beautiful views. On a rainy day, it’s the journey that counts. You have good ascents with small waterfalls either the creek crossings and ferns to brighten the way. If you have time and the strength, head on to Lily and Lizard Lakes. It’s beautiful on that side of Blanchard.

3 months ago

Stunning views!! Keep your dog on a leash as there are some pretty gnarly cliffs

hiking
3 months ago

So beautiful views! Will definitely be back here again late spring / early summer. Easy hike only a few steep spots on the way up.

hiking
4 months ago

This is one of my favorites. Great work out, beautiful views.

hiking
4 months ago

hard as a not very in shape hiker but worth the view!

4 months ago

Fab!

4 months ago

New to hiking in WA, did this hike and found it to be kinda difficult bc of the consistent steepness of the trail. But the view is definitely worth it. And it’s downhill the whole way back. I would recommend to people who are up for a challenge

hiking
5 months ago

Did it in the rain and shower. I didn't realize that I actually love hiking in cold weather.

5 months ago

Beautiful hike for winter time. Easy to moderate. Will do again.

hiking
5 months ago

Hiking partner thought it was more difficult than moderate but I thought moderate was a good rating. Very pretty at the top.

hiking
5 months ago

Great Hike, Bring lots of water.

hiking
6 months ago

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