Seattle MAC - Conditioning Hike - Oyster Dome–North Butte–Samish Overlook Loop

Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club

Seattle MAC - Conditioning Hike - Oyster Dome–North Butte–Samish Overlook Loop

Oyster Dome is a rocky promontory on the western slope of Blanchard Mountain, the grandest member of the Chuckanut Mountain range, an extension of the Cascades that rises directly from the ocean. The sheer cliffs of Oyster Dome offer year-round access to commanding views of the San Juans, Skagit River flats, Olympic Mountains, and Samish Bay. (description credit

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,800 ft

Meeting time 8:30 at the Samish Overlook Trailhead. Drive time from Mountaineers Program Center, 1.5 hours.

See trip sheet for activity details, including carpool signup.

Route notes: We will be doing a loop hike, which will include stops at both Oyster Dome and North Butte lookouts. We'll continue our loop passing by Lily and Lizard lakes. See the planned route on GaiaGPS here

If you'd like to read about the hike before registering, the WTA trail description is a great place to start. 

If space allows, leader's super friendly golden retriever, Zoe, will be joining us on the trip. If you're allergic or dog-phobic, please inform leader and Zoe will stay behind and keep the couch warm. 



Oyster Dome

  • USGS Bellingham South

    USGS Bow

    Trails of the Chuckanut Mountains

    Chuckanut Mountain Recreation Map
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • Hiking boots or other sturdy shoes
  • Warm clothes and extra synthetic layers
  • Waterproof shell
  • Water (at least two liters)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Lunch
  • Day Pack
  • Camera (optional)
  • Extra clothing for the ride back
  • 10 essentials
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