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Oyster Dome: Out-and-Back

Climb to a stunning view of Puget Sound.

Trail Running Difficult

9.6 km
588 m
588 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
43 m
High Point
619 m
Oyster Dome: Out-and-Back Map

If you are looking for a challenging trail run with stunning views of Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands, look no further than the Oyster Dome Trail. This 6-mile roundtrip run takes you through lush forests, past giant boulders, and up to a rocky cliff that overlooks Samish Bay and the Olympic Mountains.


The trail starts at the Samish Overlook parking area, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Skagit Valley and the islands. You will follow a section of the Pacific Northwest Trail, descending to a junction with the Samish Bay Connector. Turn right and begin your ascent, switchbacking through second-growth forest that was once logged for oyster fishing. Along the way, you will see remnants of logging history, such as old stumps and artifacts.

The trail becomes steeper and rockier as you approach the Oyster Dome, passing by some impressive boulders that were left behind by glaciers. The final stretch is a short but steep scramble to the top of the dome, where you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the water and the mountains. On a clear day, you can see Mount Baker, Mount Rainier, and even Vancouver Island.

Sources: Oyster Dome — Washington Trails Association. https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/oyster-dome. Quick Answer: How Many Hours Would It Take To Hike Oyster Dome. https://bikehike.org/how-many-hours-would-it-take-to-hike-oyster-dome/. Conversation with Bing Chat



High Exposure

3 out of 4

Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between April and November