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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

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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 (1174)
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Recordings (797)
Completed (3402)
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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Rachel N
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Jessica Blair
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Hiking

Wonderful hike. I parked on the shoulder of Chuckanut at 11.10am, got to the top at 12.25pm. The views at the top are spectacular. I couldn’t linger in them however, I was going to be late for work. I decided to run down and I made it back to my car at 13.15pm. Trail wasn’t too crowded despite being a holiday weekend.

Harry Osborne
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HikingGreat!MuddyRocky

Nice trail, I’d say moderate is a fair ranking for someone who’s hiked frequently. Trail starts out steep and then starts to level out until the end again where it’s a steep incline up to the top. The view is great at the top and I would highly recommend to someone looking for a good challenge. The trail wasn’t too busy either.

Alan Lu
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Hiking

Good views. There are two ways to start from: the trailhead on us 11 and Samish overlook. We parked on the shoulder at 11 and hiked up. Its a bit shorter if you start at the overlook. It’s steep at the beginning and at the end with a flat middle. Get oysters afterwards

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Taylor-Len Taniuchi
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Matt Keenan
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Hiking

Great trail, people not wearing mask tho

Zifan Zhang
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Amelia Heppner
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Hiking

Great trail, pretty steep incline right off the bat but there are plenty of areas where it levels out. Amazing view from the top!

Tyler Winkey
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Hiking

Great trail! Wear some good hiking shoes/boots and water. A few small streams to cross but very passable. No snow or blocked trails. Happy hiking!

Alisha S.
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Hiking

We went early in the morning to avoid the crowd and glad that we did! The beginning of the trails are quite steep so definitely recommend a good pair of hiking boots! It can be a bit chilly in the morning so dress in layers. By the time we got to the top, it was quite foggy so we didn’t get much of a view. There is a bench in the middle of the trail where you can sit and enjoy a view of the bay so that will be a good photo-worthy spot.

Kate Leuba
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HikingGreat!

Loved the entire hike and the spectacular views from the top! Ferns and beautiful foliage the whole way up; incline was very manageable; panoramic views of the Sammish Bay at the top. More slugs than people on the trail. For a 9.25 mile hike, we parked at the Upper Blanchard Parking Lot and took the Lily Lizard Trail west to Max's Shortcut, to Oyster Dome Overlook. For the way down - did an out and back at North Butte, then down the Lizard Trail to the Alternate Incline and walked about a mile down the road back to the parking lot.

Ryan Coad
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Hiking

Great trail that has nice views at the end. Did it with my daughter when she was 7. Kid friendly.

Nina Ayuson
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Hiking

Went here on 6/14/20. Come early or it’ll be hard to get a nice spot to rest/take photos. We got there around 10ish and it was packed! The view was breathtaking though, and will definitely recommend hiking boots ;)

Yawen Gao
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HikingBugsRocky

Hiking boots are recommended for this rocky trail. It’s a nice trail especially you want some fat-burning exercise!

Natalie Briggs
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Hiking

So much fun, long but worth it for the view. Not too crowded on a cloudy day. Be safe near the ledges!!! (I might be afraid of heights ).

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Karissa Renee
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Hiking

Had a great time hiking to the Oyster dome on Wednesday, with a couple of friends. Although the hike was about 8 miles it was very doable in tennis shoes, even the steeper parts were very manageable. Both look out spots were beautiful and we met so many nice people along the way! I also highly recommend stopping at the Oyster Bar on your way out if you have a chance, it’s a little pricey but extremely worth it because the view, food, and service are all excellent!

Maria Nguyen
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Hiking

There’s also a 5 miles trail from the sammish lookout! Really enjoyed this hike!

Rebekah Kamer
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HikingBugs

Loved this trail! We went up the back way which made it 11 miles but it’s flat in a lot of the places so it’s nice to enjoy and take in the scenery! You also avoid people taking the longer route so I’d definitely recommend it!

Zoë Devon
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Hiking

Arrived at 9:30 on a Tuesday and saw very few people until we made it to the top. There were a few other groups at the lookout and we saw more people headed up on on our way down. The trail was well-maintained and climbed steadily up to the top. The view is lovely. We went the whole way and took a detour over to Lily Lake and our recording only ended at 7.6 miles so I'm not sure why the distance was off.

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Tasha Williams
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Hiking

I’ve done this one a few times. It is a great trail with a beautiful view. Lots of people on the trail...too many for my liking. And once at the top there were about 30 people up there having snacks and we had to wait to get a spot to hang and check out the view. Totally worth it if you’ve never done it but I prefer more seclusion.

Aaron Mcgee
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HikingMuddy

Awesome trail weary to follow morning rain made it slightly muddy! Not muddy enough to avoid though!! Highly recommend!

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Kay-dub Myers Brewer
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My daughter (8) and I hiked Oyster Dome last Thursday late afternoon. It has many switch backs through the forest where you cross over small springs, see many different types of plant life and listen to the birds sing. The trail is well maintained. The view from the look out is jaw dropping. We were there on a beautiful clear day. There is a big drop off from the lookout so keep your pups on a leash and kids away from the edge. The sunset is amazing from there. Pack a snack and enjoy the view of the boats going by. There were plenty of people on the trail making me feel safer to hike solo with my daughter. There were many trail runners as well. I hope to get back up there soon to run it. The dirt road up to the trailhead does not say Oyster Dome but says Summit. For the shorter hike to the look out follow the dirt road to the dead end. The parking lot is small. If you are lucky like we were the paragliders were taking off from the trailhead.

Shelly Chastain
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Hiking

Couldn’t find the trail head on Chuckanut drive. Used a different app to get directions and began our trek many miles away in Alger. Awesome hike though! Tough but not too tough.

Kara H
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Hiking

Great Spring hike with a beautiful view! Not too difficult for the average person. Would recommend!

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