Hike to the Oyster Dome on Blanchard Mountain. In both options below, the hiker can hike on the completed Blanchard Connector Trail with its switchbacks replacing the steep section to the main trail that leads to the Dome.
OPTION 1: Begin and end at the Pacific Northwest Trail Trailhead on Chuckanut Drive near mile post 10. 9 miles, 2000 ft. elevation gain. Meet at 9 am at this location. Hikers need to download the map and instructions from the SWITMO web site, www.SWITMO.org. Go to the “Great Hikes” page and under “Skagit County hikes” click on “Blanchard, Oyster Dome from Chuckanut Drive and back”. If you wish, you may meet Joan Melcher at the Chuckanut Park-n-Ride by 8:30 am to get a map and instructions. 2:30 pm return to Trailhead.
OPTION 2: Begin and end hike at the Samish Overlook. WA State Discover Pass required at this location. 6.0 to 7.4 miles, 900 ft. elevation gain with a 2:00 pm return to Trailhead. Opportunities for side trips to North Butte, Lily Lake, and Lizard Lake. Meet at 8:30 am at the Chuckanut Drive Park-n-Ride, exit 231 from I-5 on the east side of I-5.