Oyster Dome

A moderate day hike just south of Bellingham in the Chuckanut Mountains. The trail heads steeply up Blanchard Mountain to reach a viewpoint and some bat caves. Continue on to North Butte and/or loop back past Lily Lake and the Samish Overlook to extend your trip.

getting there

From Exit 231 off of I-5, drive north on SR 11 10 miles north to the trailhead. From Bellingham, it's 11 miles south on SR 11.

on the trail

Hike the Pacific Northwest Trail for 1.5 miles and then left on the Samish Bay Connection Trail. In a half mile, stay right and then a half mile later turn left and continue on to Oyster Dome. It's 6.5 miles round trip with 1,900 feet of elevation gain to a high point of 2,025 ft.

Loop Return Option: Consider looping back past Lily Lake and the Samish Overlook on the Pacific Northwest trail. This adds about 2 miles to your trip.

Extend Your Trip: Consider continuing on to North Butte, a much less visited and crowded viewpoint, about a mile from the Oyster Dome-Samish Connector Trail junction. Hiking this as a loop is 10 miles with 2,500 feet of elevation gain and a high point of 2,220 ft.


  • The bat caves near Oyster Dome are quite hazardous. Enjoy them from a distance.
  • Hang gliders and paragliders take off from the Samish Overlook when the wind is favorable.
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 6.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,900 ft
  • 2,025 ft
  • USGS Bellingham South
  • USGS Bow
  • Trails of the Chuckanut Mountains
  • Chuckanut Mountain Recreation Map

Upcoming Activities

CHS 1 Hike - Oyster Dome

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
Oyster Dome to Lily Lake. CHS1 hike led at pace 1.5-2.0 mph.
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, May 4, 2019
No Prerequisites
10 participants
Registration opens Apr 24
Seattle Branch
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  • Oyster Dome & North Butte
  • Oyster Dome-Samish Overlook Loop
  • North Butte-Samish Overlook Loop
  • Oyster Dome-North Butte-Samish Overlook Loop

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