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BLANCHARD MOUNTAIN: Oyster Dome from Chuckanut Drive and Back
A Skagit County hike
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The Pacific Northwest Trail, PNT, crosses Blanchard Mountain from the Summerland Road south of Lake Samish to near milepost 10 on Chuckanut Drive, WA State Route 11, a distance of 10 miles. This hike begins and ends near milepost 10 on Chuckanut Drive south of the Oyster Bar Restaurant. The description is for a clock-wise loop beginning and ending on Chuckanut Drive.
Data: This 9 mile loop with an elevation gain of about 2000 feet is on trail. The hiker is on WA Department of Natural Resources, DNR, land. Please respect the rights of the land owners/managers. The forest on Blanchard, except for those portions in the DNR Conservation Area, is a working forest and from time to time logging operations and road closures occur. To check out logging operations and road closures, call the DNR office in Sedro-Woolley at 360-856-3500. Because of the distance and elevation gain, SWITMO rates this as a moderate to strenuous hike. SWITMO helps maintain all of the trail sections of the PNT over Blanchard Mountain.
2013 note: The B-2000 road to the Overlook is scheduled to be closed for a time during the summer of 2013 for a logging operation. This logging operation will also affect the route of the PNT on the western part of the Larry Reed Trail. Once the logging operation is over, the PNTA and SWITMO will be able to go in and rebuild the trail.
The protected route of the PNT (that part that lies in the Conservation Area) that descends from the Oyster Dome area on the Samish Bay Connector is currently very steep at the outset—we call that area “The Wall”. The PNTA will work with the DNR to determine the best way to improve the trail in this area as well as other areas on the Samish Bay Connector.
Driving Instructions: From I-5 take Exit 231, State Route 11 also known as Chuckanut Drive. Drive northwesterly on State Route 11 to near milepost 10, just south of the Oyster Bar Restaurant. There is parking on the west shoulder of the road. The trailhead is on the east side of the road.