Oyster Dome


Day Hike - Oyster Dome-North Butte-Samish Overlook Loop

A loop with great views that visits all the best of Blanchard Mountain before the scheduled clear-cut of the Mountain.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,700 ft

Meet at the PNT trailhead (Oyster Dome, Blanchard Mtn.) on Hwy 11 (Chuckanut Drive) near MP 10 at 8:30 a.m.

July 28, Wed. – Oyster Dome, North Butte, Samish Overlook Loop, (USGS Bow & Bellingham S., however, Square One Maps, Chuckanut Recreations Area is far superior). Est. 10.5 mi., 2,500’+ gross elev. gain. Our Wednesday trip avoids the crowds and parking difficulties of the weekends. This trip involves a short distance of unmaintained trail. Pace will be moderate. A treat to share is always welcome. Party limit 8. Meet at the PNT trailhead (Oyster Dome, Blanchard Mtn.) on Hwy 11 (Chuckanut Drive) near MP 10 at 8:30 a.m. Parking is very difficult hence the early start. Leader Chuck Gustafson, 360-766-4045 (landline). Please no calls after 7:00 p.m. and NO texts.

     On a sad note, this may be one of the last times to hike Blanchard Mountain and Oyster Dome. Unless the State Legislature finds funds, the DNR will be forced to contract for the cutting of most of the mountain’s trees.


Oyster Dome

  • USGS Bellingham South

    USGS Bow

    Trails of the Chuckanut Mountains

    Chuckanut Mountain Recreation Map
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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