Oyster Dome Hike

Saturday, November 12, 2016 8am – 4pm

Strenuous, 6.5 miles, 1,900 feet elevation gain. Begin right along the side of Chuckanut Drive and head uphill through a Douglas Fir forest. Explore a rocky outcropping on the western slope of Blanchard Mountain with great views of the San Juans, Skagit River flats and Olympic Mountains. We will leave Sunnyland School south side parking lot promptly at 8:00 am and carpool to the trailhead on Chuckanut Drive (limited parking, no bathroom facilities at the trailhead). Carpool fee for riders – $3. Washington State Park Pass required. This hike might be cancelled due to adverse weather. Contact Henry and Paula for more information – phchu01@me.com or 908-439-2968.

 

Trip Report

The day was windy and rainy, but we went for a hike anyway with eleven plus two intrepid Pacific NW hikers. The way up to Oyster Dome was mostly dry.  But once we arrived, we were in the clouds and mist which were blowing past us at what seemed like 50 mph.  We had wonderful views – of the inside of a cloud.  Here is what we could see from the top:

We backed down the mountain a bit to get out of the wind and ate lunch.  We then descended in a pouring rain which stopped as we made it to our cars.  Afterwards, we watched the Chum salmon spawning in Oyster Creek.  Additional photos of the trip can be found here.
Jennie and Steve, filling in for Paula and Henry