We eked out the last bit of our sunny three day weekend on a hike up to Oyster Dome in the Chuckanut Mountains near Bellingham, WA. The difficulty says 3.5/5, and that it is “family friendly” – but for two out of shape city folks this trail proved to be a lot of uphill lung busting. Fortunately the views at the top of the Sound and islands was well worth it!
We started a few feet above the water pictured below. Finally at the top – view of the San Juan islands in the distance over Samish Bay. Elevation 2025 feet.
Relaxing on top of Blanchard Mountain
Looking much better after some lunch.
Much of the hike was through second growth conifer forests
Ghostly tree stumps reminded us of how large these behemoths once were before logging days. On parts of the trail you could see old rusting logging coils left over (and harboring tetanus).
Part of the trail runs with the Pacific Northwest Trail that runs from the Olympics to Glacier National Park in Montana.
There are only two really good places where you can see the Sound. Most of the time you’re in the forest. Here was the other one besides the Dome.
Total length: 6.5 miles with 1900ft of elevation gain – whew!