Oyster Dome via Samish Overlook
Type of HikeDay hike
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition
RoadRoad suitable for all vehicles
We began at the Oyster Dome trail head on Chuckanut Drive on the PNW trail. It is a steady, steep climb to a bench overlooking the west and northwest Salish Sea. Continuing on, and not quite so steep, is the junction of the Oyster Dome trail bearing to the left and the Samish Overlook switching back to the right which keeps you on the PNW trail. The trail goes south for about 0.4 miles until opening up to the clearing that is the overlook. We had our lunch there and took in the near wrap around views from the southeast Cascades to the northwest Salish Sea and Islands below. My hiking partner brought his afghan, Lily (a legal immigrant I'm sure!) who has better papers than I do. Lily took to the trail like a natural with those great long legs. You can also drive up to the Samish Overlook from the south east side of Blanchard Mountain from the Barrel Springs road and then taking the B-2000 road. The trail is in good condition after having a couple days to dry out from the recent rains.