Oyster Dome & North Butte (Nov 16, 2013)

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oyster_dome_coverConditions: Day hike
Gear: nothing special
Map: USGS Bellingham, South
Area: Samish, WA
Reference: Whatcom County Parks
Stats: 10.1mi
, 1658' gain (round trip)

Weather was not so great in many spots. Driving over the passes with a winter storm warning in effect didn't seem appealing.

I didn't have much time this past week to make any plans. A list minute email to Jim and he was available. A call in the morning...we settled on Chuckanut Mountain. It had been a while since I was there so that was a plus. Another was that it wasn't a long drive. Even better...not much more than a sprinkle of rain was in the forecast.

I met Jim at the P&R and then up I-5 we headed. It didn't take more than about an hour to get to the upper TH from my house.

We parked at the upper lot, maybe the 4th car in the lot. Then up the gated road for a bit. We headed steeply uphill first to Lizard Lake (Incline Trail). New beaver dams have the lake area pretty flooded. Lots and lots and lots of mushrooms about along the trail. Lots of time to dawdle and try to get some good photographs of them with my new gorrillapod.

After Lizard Lake we headed of toward Lily Lake but first we detoured up North Butte where we had a mini (and early) lunch break. Good views of the Sound and Oyster Dome from the butte. Then...it was time to continue on to Lily Lake (also pretty flooded from recent beaver activity).

We made the trip a loop by coming down the Lily Lizard Trail. Dark clouds kept moving overhead early afternoon and when we'd be walking in a denser part of the forest, it was so dark it seemed more like evening. We both commented that we're about 1/2 way into Fall and the shortest day of the year couldn't come too soon.
Oyster Dome Slideshow

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