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Lily Lake and Lizard Lake

This hike goes up through lovely, shady forest to a junction with the Pacific Northwest Trail. You can go left and then right a short distance to reach Lily Lake.

The Lizard Lake trail is a continuation past Lily Lake to another lake called Lizard Lake. The trail is fairly level at this point and skirts a hill through lovely, shady forest. As an alternate route, there is an obscure trail northward from Lily Lake to Lizard Lake. The total round trip, including the Lily Lake Trail and the Lizard Lake Trail, is 8.2 miles.
Driving Directions:

Going north on I-5, take exit 240 and turn left onto Lake Samish Road. After 0.5 miles, turn left onto Barrel Springs Road. Turn right on unpaved road B-1000, which is not signed as such but for Blanchard Hill Trail. Continue on this road past a lower trailhead with toilets. You will come to a junction to Road B-2000 to Samish Overlook to the left. Stay right and go north a short distance to a parking lot for the Upper Lily Lake trailhead.

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Lily Lake and Lizard Lake — Mar 15, 2014 — Taum Sauk
Day hike
Issues: Mudholes | Water on trail
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Descending from Oyster Dome, we reached a trail intersection, whose sign is now missing. "OD" is scr...
Descending from Oyster Dome, we reached a trail intersection, whose sign is now missing. "OD" is scribbled on a metal post (up and to the left), and "LL" is scribbled, with directions to go to the right. We took the 0.6 mile side-trip to Lily Lake. The first part is in good condition, but the last 0.2 miles have many mudholes and waterspots.

Lily Lake was not particularly exciting. There was evidence of recent beaver activity, and the lake was peaceful, despite much foot traffic back and forth past it. We turned back towards the OD trail to descend. Our side trip took about 30 minutes.
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Lily Lake and Lizard Lake, Pacific Northwest Trail — Mar 08, 2014 — Andy Swin
Day hike
Issues: Mudholes | Water on trail
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I took my family, with the hopes of following Lily Lake and Lizard Lake trail up to Oyster Dome. We...
I took my family, with the hopes of following Lily Lake and Lizard Lake trail up to Oyster Dome. We parked at the Upper Trail Head, the trail was fairly muddy for the first half mile, and improved a bit as we progressed. Most of the snow that had fallen was gone, with a small amount still up near Lily Lake, just after the junction with the Pacific Northwest trail.

The trail is doable with children, we brought our 11 year old daughter adn 6 year old son, but we were pressed for time and took too many breaks to get up to Oyster Dome in time. We spent about 3 hours getting to the lake, and about an hour to get back to the car.
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Lily Lake and Lizard Lake — Mar 01, 2014 — Natural Log
Day hike
Issues: Mudholes | Water on trail | Snow on trail
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Submitted some changes to the directions to the trailhead for WTA to approve. Going north on 1-5, ta...
Submitted some changes to the directions to the trailhead for WTA to approve. Going north on 1-5, take exit 240 and turn left onto Lake Samish Road. After 0.5 miles, turn left onto Barrel Springs Road. Turn right on unpaved road B-1000, signed Blanchard Hill Trail, to get to trailheads.

Anyway, I don't normally think of myself as navigationally challenged, but I was on this hike. I took a picture of the trail map at the start, but the junction I needed to the Lily Max Connector was not signed on the trail. I think it was up and to the left, which seems pretty easy to miss when you're walking uphill already. I also couldn't find the Lily Lizard Connector, which I believe is signed as the Loop Trail on the trail; The snow made it a bit hard to discern. I followed the footsteps of others and ended up on top of something, maybe North Butte (given the map), but who knows. I stumbled upon a salamander who seemed just as bewildered as I was today.

Snow was on the trail about 1/2-3/4 of the way up to Lily Lake, no need for spikes or snowshoes, but it did slow me down a little. Muddier patches closer to Lily Lake and a couple of tiny stream crossings on the trail.
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Lily Lake and Lizard Lake — Feb 28, 2014 — wolfwoman
Day hike
Issues: Mudholes | Snow on trail
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Another solo trip for me so I went back to the Chuckanuts to see how things looked after the snow. T...
Another solo trip for me so I went back to the Chuckanuts to see how things looked after the snow. The trail is better every time I hike it these days. There are a few recent blow downs, but nothing serious. Things were a bit muckier today since the snowfall and melt this past weekend, but few problems. There were some small patches of snow near the Dome, but nothing much until I headed east toward Lily Lake where it was probably four inches deep. I passed Lily and headed toward Lizard bypassing Max's Shortcut and access to the loop. The temps definitely lowered on this section. It's about 1 1/4 miles from the Lily Lake junction to Lizard Lake and it's obviously much less travelled. Lizard is frozen and snowy........prettier than usual. I caught the somewhat obscure trail that leaves from behind the lake sign taking a steepish shortcut trail to North Butte. No one had been here since it snowed, and even with four to six inches of snow it was easy to see the trail. I popped out just short of North Butte so gave it a look as well before going down to Lily Lake which was icy and snowy. It was a nice, quiet day as I saw no one after I left the Dome until almost back to the junction. Even though it was freezing cold on the east side of Blanchard, it was balmy on the Dome and all the way back to the trailhead. Spring!
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Lily Lake and Lizard Lake — Jan 21, 2014 — Bob and Barb
Day hike
Issues: Mudholes
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Our plan was to hike to Lily and Lizard Lakes via the Larry Reed Trail and Max's Shortcut. However, ...
Our plan was to hike to Lily and Lizard Lakes via the Larry Reed Trail and Max's Shortcut. However, when we arrived at the Samish Overlook TH, we discovered that the Larry Reed Trail is closed because of road construction for a logging project in the area. (We had met several empty large trucks coming down the road as we were driving to the TH so one must drive slowly to avoid a collision!) We took the PNT to its junction with the Oyster Dome Trail and continued from there to the lakes. There is evidence of trail work since we were on the trail in March of last year! Thank you to those who have improved the tread in the many muddy areas! :)! We met very few hikers and no bikers. The lakes were pleasant and there is evidence of beaver activity at each one. A lone young lady and her leashed dog were leaving Lily Lake as we arrived. Bob had a scary fall near the end of the steep sections of the Oyster Dome Trail on our return. All of his guardian angels must have been present as after flying through the air, landing and rolling over, he was able to sit up and walk out with only facial abrasions, bruises and a broken or cracked lower left rib! Our hiking will be "on hold" for awhile, but we are thankful his injuries were minor!
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Lizard Lake Slow Lorris.JPG
Lizard Lake. Photo by Slow Loris and Walks Ahead.
Location
Puget Sound and Islands -- North Sound
Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Statistics
Roundtrip 8.2 miles
Elevation Gain 1080 ft
Highest Point 1980 ft
Features
Lakes
Mountain views
Established campsites
User info
Dogs allowed on leash
May encounter pack animals
May encounter mountains bikes
Discover Pass required
Guidebooks & Maps
Blanchard Hill/South Chuckanut Mountain Trail Map available from Pacific Northwest Trail Association, P.O. Box 1817, Mt. Vernon, WA 98273

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