Aug 2-4 Northwest Hiking Weekend

START LOCATION:  Lost Lake Day Use Parking Area, Larrabee State Park
START TIMES:  8 AM-5 PM Friday and Saturday, August 2nd and 3rd; and 8 AM-4 PM Sunday, August 4th.
Trail head parking areas are sometimes filled to capacity during the summer season. Be prepared to wait for a spot to open, or plan to arrive at the trailhead early or late in the day. To allow participants the most flexibility for parking, early registration will be available Thursday, August 1, 2019, 4-8 PM at Lost Lake Day Use parking area. 

Cedar Lake Trail and Viewpoint

The Cedar Lake Trail begins with a thigh-burning climb of 1,300 feet in 1.6 miles; however, with just 250 feet more elevation gain, the stout-hearted hiker is soon rewarded with a lovely view of Mt. Baker and Lookout Mountain. After a much deserved break, the route continues by nearly circumnavigating beautiful Cedar Lake. The 8K participants then return to the trailhead, while the 10K participants carry on to a viewpoint accentuating Blanchard Mountain (where the Oyster Dome trail is located). The routes are on well-shaded forested trails, passing many interesting sandstone rock formations and pockets of old-growth trees. Total elevation gain for the 8K route is about 1600 feet;whereas, the 2K extension for the 10K route, adds about another 250 feet of elevation gain. The ​3C rating is due to the long steep approach, as well as areas around the lake where the footing requires a hiker to closely watch their steps. Pit toilet only at trailhead. Discover Pass Required for parked vehicle.

Fragrance Lake and Rock Trail Loop

The picturesque views start as soon as you step out of your vehicle at the Cyrus Gates Overlook, where a handy information board helps orientate you to the landmasses in the Salish Sea that are far below you. The well-shaded route will first take you to the Rock Trail, one of the newer trails in Washington State constructed by volunteers with the Washington Trails Association. After descending many groupings of timbered steps, you will pass massive sandstone walls with curious holes embedded in the rock faces. A long, moderate-grade sweep then takes you to the intersecting trails of Fragrance Lake and a viewpoint. The 9K participants circumnavigate pretty Fragrance Lake before returning to the Cyrus Gates Overlook; achieving about 1500 feet elevation gain for this route. Before enjoying Fragrance Lake, the 12K participants add another 560 feet elevation gain on an out-and-back hike to a viewpoint featuring Samish Bay with its many islands. Both routes rated 3C due to steep sections. Pit toilet only at Cyrus Gates Overlook. Discover Passrequired for parked vehicle.

Oyster Dome Loop

Starting at the scenic Samish Overlook, you might be just lucky enough to witness Hang Gliders launching their wings for an aerial adventure; be sure to look up, down and all around to spot them.  After enjoying the magnificent views of the Salish Sea, you will hike in a well-shaded forest 3K, with an elevation gain of about 1,000 feet, to Oyster Dome, a cliff-faced ledge with more superb views of the Salish Sea and the surrounding forest. The 6K hikers then retrace the route back to Samish Overlook,  while the 11K hikers return by continuing in a long, moderate-grade loop, which is mostly shaded by a lush canopy of trees. The 11K route has a total elevation gain of about 1800 feet. Both routes rated 3C due to steep sections of trail. Pit toilet only at Samish Overlook. Discover Passrequired for parked vehicle.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS:  ​I-5 Northbound: Take exit 231 for WA-11 North/Chuckanut Drive toward Bow-Edison, keeping left to enter the traffic circle. At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto WA-11 North. In 14 miles watch for sign “Lost Lake, Day Use Parking Area, 400 ft ahead” and turn right.
I-5 Southbound: Take exit 250 for WA-11 South/Chuckanut Dr/Old Fairhaven Pkwy. Turn right onto Old Fairhaven Pkwy. Turn left onto 30th St. Continue onto 32nd St. Turn right onto Old Samish Rd. Turn left onto WA-11 S/Chuckanut Dr. After 4 miles, watch for sign “Lost Lake, Day Use Parking Area, 400 ft ahead” and turn left.
AWARD:  A distinctive embroidered patch, designed by Dorman Batson, will be available.

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