Oyster Dome Trail

#1 of 6 trails in Larrabee State Park

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Oyster Dome Trail is a 6.5 mile out and back trail that features a cave and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

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.

Park on west side of the street.

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3 Completed 2 Reviews

Excellent hike. Moderate? Yea I guess. Tough last few miles. But the view is wonderful! Ran most of the way back down.

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It's a great hike, but I would say it's a little above medium as far as difficulty goes. There will be some heavy breathing right off the start. Towards the end there's a section that some may have to scramble, but still doable.

It's a very popular hike, and you'll see a lot of hikers if you get a late start. On a summer day, I recommend starting early. As in 7 or 7:30am early. You'll beat the crowd and enjoy the view and silence once you reach the top, which makes it all that much better. On your descend, you'll then see EVERYONE hiking up the trail.

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

This was more challenging than I thought... But very rewarding at the end. Get there early when it's not hot or too crowded.

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Had a blast with my kids(11&13) yesterday.. First time for the three of us doing this hike. Started at the samish outlook side, will try Chuckanut side one day.

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4 Completed 4 Reviews

Hike on this trail 6/29/2014 came early roadside parking. Challenging trail not for begginers. Awesome view. Worth the challenged!!!!

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27 Completed 15 Reviews

I've been here a few times now as it isn't too terribly far from home. The trail starts off rather steep and after awhile becomes a little less daunting. There has been more than once where I've seen vomit off the trail within the first half mile. Really?! The trail pretty much goes something like "damn this is tough. Oh sweet, I get a break. Damn here we go again. Alright, cruise control. Oh damn, here we go." There are a few rooty, rocky, steeps sections that add some extra challenge. Overall it earns it's moderate rating. The good news...most of it is all under the cover of trees so it usually isn't too hot, but the sun is still shining through.

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24 Completed 14 Reviews

Parking is limited along the narrow stretch of road (Chuckanut Drive) so get an early start if you can. (Before 10 AM seemed to work well for us on a Saturday.)

The trail is pretty much as described in the reviews. It was not too rocky or muddy relative to other PNW trails, but it has some steep sections which give it a moderate difficulty. It is well traveled so you should expect to see others along the trail as you hike towards the Dome. There is plenty of seating on the sandstone dome to rest / relax and have lunch or a snack before taking pics and heading back down.

The view is very nice and well worth the trip.

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7 Completed 5 Reviews

I've always had a love hate with the Oyster dome. I've been there six times now, and it usually consists of me dragging someone up who hasn't ever been there before. I tell them its not that bad and the views are amazing. The trail is pretty steep, but definitely "do-able." There are some campsites .5 miles from the dome at lilly lake. Sunsets are awesome and its a nice place to view a meteor shower aswell. Then take an easy headlamp hike back to camp.

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13 Completed 2 Reviews

A Good 1.5 hour moderate hike with steep switch backs. The hike back was miserable due to the steep decline and loose granite/debris. Many opportunities to see the incredible Puget Sound…This is a local favorite so head out early to avoid traffic.

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