Oyster Dome

View from Chuckanut Drive at the start of the Oyster Dome hike

I hiked to Oyster Dome from Chuckanut Drive (Highway 11). The hike was 6.5 miles roundtrip and 2000 feet of elevation gain. We walked through forest dense with ferns and trees covered in emerald moss. We passed small waterfalls, some old-growth conifers, and story-tall moss-covered boulders.

View at the Oyster Dome summit
View at the Oyster Dome summit

Unfortunately, it was a cloudy day, and at the summit, we were surrounded by a thick fog that impaired all visibility of the Sound. We snacked in the rain, then went back down the trail. As we descended, the clouds broke. We could see shellfish farms. Underwater lines that were covered in shellfish were arranged in neat rows, akin to the rows of crops in a field.

Shellfish farms were visible
Shellfish farms were visible

Overall, this hike was quite enjoyable. The hike was easy enough that I stuffed my pack with stout, wine, and snacks. Since I did not have to work hard to reach the summit, I did not feel much disappointment that the fog had spoiled the view. This hike was low enough that there was no snow, only mud, making it an ideal early season hike. I wouldn’t mind hiking Oyster Dome again on a dry, sunny day, but I imagine on such days it would be thronged with people.

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