With six stitches in the side of my left knee, but itching to get outside, I decided that Oyster Dome would be an excellent day out. Especially considering the multiple weather warnings and a dismal avalanche forecast in the mix.
After not hiking here for a couple of years the trail has changed considerably. There is now multiple new switchbacks, cutting out the worst part of the climb up, and a multitude of signs directing you to the top. I still remember the first time I came here and not even knowing for sure if I was going the right direction. A huge thank you to the trail crews that got all the work done, and who continue to make the Chuckanuts and excellent recreation destination.
For a rainy day, this was a good choice. Other then a few stream crossings, which really weren't that bad, the trail is in good condition and one of the only places currently lacking snow. The view from the top, however, was not so exceptional this time around. The top was still an excellent spot to watch the clouds flow and to enjoy a nice cup of rum-spiked cider.
Lower Portion Of The Trail
The First Viewpoint
The Old Trail Covered in Logs (Left) New Trail (Right)
At the Trail Junction For Lilly Lake And Oyster Dome
View From The Top
More Clouds From The Top...
And Yet More Clouds...
View From The First Viewpoint On The Way Down. It Certainly Had The Better Views Of The Day