95 – Oyster Dome and Lily Lake

Making the hike to our popular Oyster Dome seemed most appropriate for us to complete on the last day of the year. It’s a rather steep hike up to a glacier polished cliff high above the trees, and on this day, the clouds. To save ourselves from some of the steep climb, we began our hike at the Samish Overlook where we had a great view right from the start.

Samish Overlook
Samish Overlook

The first portion of our hike follows a portion of the Pacific Northwest Trail (PNT).

05 Along the trail

Our trail was steep in places, and wound around the side of the foggy mountain.

We climb through the fog
We climb through the fog

Above the clouds, we sat on the rocky dome for a picnic lunch.

Lunch break on the dome
Lunch break on the dome

After lunch, we took the Max’s Shortcut Trail on to Lily Lake. There was about six inches of fresh snow along the trail at some of the highest areas along the trail. By then the sun had come out and it was like hiking in a winter wonderland.

Along Max's Shortcut trail
Along Max’s Shortcut trail

We reached a frozen Lily Lake. Beautiful!

A frozen Lily Lake
A frozen Lily Lake

From there, it was all downhill – and back to our trailhead. For information on the trail and recent trip reports to the Oyster Dome, go to the Washington Trails Association (WTA) website here – http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/oyster-dome – and for information on hiking to Lily Lake, visit the WTA website, here – http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/lily-lake-trail.  We made this a loop hike so we could visit Lily Lake (and on to Lizard Lake) too, but each destination makes a great hike on its own. Happy trails!

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