Oyster Dome Trail

MODERATE 850 reviews

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.

Distance: 7.9 miles Elevation Gain: 1,965 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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.

hiking
12 days ago

Great hike, enough signs!

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muddy
20 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

Gorgeous the entire time. Quite steep

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Hiked up at 8:30am Saturday morning. I was the first car in the “narrow strip along the cliff” lot. Could be because it was pouring rain. Not to worry, I had my new rain poncho, which worked well although I’m not sure it doesn’t look ridiculous. Anyway. I was alone for much of the hike up. It was wet. Super muddy. Quiet. Beautiful. Snowing at the top and all socked in with clouds. Did you know if you are wearing a poncho it doubles as a picnic blanket when you sit down on the wet rocks? So great. I didn’t use poles and only slipped once. The trail is squishy, but in very good condition despite the rain. This hike starts and ends steep. The middle miles are easy.

blowdown
1 month ago

great trail. windy at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Beautiful day to work off too much Thanksgiving!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. It’s a good workout. There’s just too many people up there.

hiking
2 months ago

Is there any snow up there now? Any micro spikes or crampons required?

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scramble
2 months ago

Parking is tricky! Road is narrow. Lots of people on this very popular trail. There is one viewpoint 1/3 of the way up that’s nice. The view at the top is truly killer. Reminds me of the view on the top of Orcas. You can see a lot of the San Juans, Olympic Nat Park and Canada, but otherwise you’re just plugging away through the trees, which is nice but not the back country. I recommend this hike on an off-season weekend. This October Sunday starting around 3pm wants wasn’t too bad but you should plans for 3 full hours. There is cell service the whole way, which is nice, but you will likely hear multiple people on the phone as they hike and at the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. Highly recommend.

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muddy
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Very shady trail with a few little river crossings and some stunning views of the sound. Seemed pretty easy - up and down within 3 hours and few stops. I went while it was pouring which meant I had the trail mostly to myself :). There isn’t really a parking lot so much as a shoulder on the road.

hiking
3 months ago

The first bit of incline would definitely get most people’s blood moving-you will sweat ! Following a checkpoint with a bench your rewarded with hike and forest with enchanted traits! Worth the effort, the views are tremendous.

hiking
3 months ago

Weirdly enough, the parking lot was pretty empty and the trail quiet (9/21/19). We got there around 8:45 AM. Large groups of people started trickling in, and the parking lot and even the roadside spots were full by the time we were exiting the area. View of the water right from the get go makes the hike a lot of fun! Tall fir trees, tons of fern, switchbacks every now and then are interrupted by wider patches of forest. really interesting. Steep incline in some places. View from the top was gorgeous!

hiking
3 months ago

A hinny-kicker for sure—UP AND DOWN. Lotsa hiking in the tall green forest. Switchbacks. Not for the casual hiker I’d say. The view at the top is spectacular- even on a less that clear day. BEWARE—I sadly will report our rental SUV back glass was smashed in by thieves and my purse was stolen-and it was not in plain sight. We were parked right on the main road Chuckanut where the trail begins, in designated parking and didn’t give it a second thought. Lesson learned- leave nothing valuable in your car. Thieves rob you of more than your stuff-trying to forget this part of an otherwise wonderful week of hiking in this beautiful area.

hiking
3 months ago

intense incline for first 45 minutes or so... the view was worth it, dog friendly!

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rocky
4 months ago

Trail is all uphill for the first part. Oyster dome is a struggle with your willingness to complete. The views at the top are well worth it. Three logs across the trail but easy to navigate. Very minimal bugs.

hiking
4 months ago

I thought it was an awesome hike! Would go again.

it's a nice quick burner. great veiw if it wasnt raining

hiking
4 months ago

The trail was very dirty. People left their dog poop bags lining the sides of the trail all the way up and it was extremely crowded. The view was pretty but the litter was so off-putting I wouldn’t rate it as a very good experience.

hiking
4 months ago

long, hard, shaded, beautiful. busy on weekends of course. extended hikes off Oyster Dome.

hiking
4 months ago

Oyster dome is always worth the grind. Great afternoon hike for the mildly experienced

hiking
4 months ago

glorious as always

hiking
4 months ago

As a local, i know this hike is VERY busy most of the time (especially afternoons in the summer). Great hike, definitely a good burn for your calf’s and legs. The view is worth it every time.

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rocky
4 months ago

I would recommend this trail. There were several dogs off lease, so watch out for that . There is not a parking lot, you have to leave car off the shoulder of a narrow two lane road. Your legs will burn after this climb. But the view at the top is worth it.

hiking
5 months ago

About 3.5 miles up one way. Steep good view if no fog

hiking
5 months ago

Fun trail with great nature for tree and fern lovers! The hike itself has great sights and quite enjoyable sun or no sun. You’ll want a clear day to really enjoy the view though. I’m a novice hiker and found it a moderate+ hike.

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