Shark Reef Recreation Area

EASY 19 reviews

Shark Reef Recreation Area is a 0.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lopez Island, Washington that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.9 miles Elevation Gain: 39 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

beach

views

wildlife

8 months ago

Short and absolutely beautiful.

hiking
9 months ago

Short and to the point, literally. Great for seeing some sweet, sweet marine life. Whale spray, sea otters and if you’re lucky, not a lot of humans. Get to the trailhead by bike if you’re doing it right and take your lunch out to the flat rocks to enjoy the peace and quiet.

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Thu Jul 26 2018

Trail was well maintained and very easy to walk on. Make sure you bring your binoculars! There are great views of harbor seals and bald eagles from the overlook at the end of the hike.

hiking
Mon Jan 01 2018

My wife and I loved this short hike! Very pretty, super easy. Gorgeous view of the Olympics on a clear day

Sun Dec 10 2017

short but sweet views of sound.

Mon Oct 24 2016

Fun place to watch marine life in action.

hiking
Sat Jul 23 2016

Very nice short walk, with great view as a payoff. Definitely take some time to enjoy this gorgeous coast.

hiking
Sun Jun 19 2016

Reef Sanctuary on the west side of the island, where a short 10-minute walk through a forest will lead to a rocky shoreline where you’ll get views over the water and I saw a seal (and perhaps sea lion or otter), just be sure to follow the path around to the left.

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