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One weekend, Three Seattle Hikes

07.07.17

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  • Beginning of the trail to Oyster Dome.- One weekend, Three Seattle Hikes
  • San Juan Islands from the 1-mile viewpoint on Oyster Dome.- One weekend, Three Seattle Hikes
  • Sunset at Oyster Dome.- One weekend, Three Seattle Hikes
  • Sunset view from Little Summit on Mount Constitution.- One weekend, Three Seattle Hikes
  • The well-maintained trail starts steep, and steps test your calves as you climb a 900-foot elevation gain over the first mile.- One weekend, Three Seattle Hikes
  • View of the Snoqualmie Basin on the Mount Si Trail.- One weekend, Three Seattle Hikes
  • A view to the summit of Mount Si (4,167 ft) from Haystack Basin.- One weekend, Three Seattle Hikes
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Seattle is a hiker's playground with an abundance of towering mountains in almost every direction. There are multiple hikes that can be easily done in a day just out of Seattle. There's no better time than now to enjoy the long summer days and appreciate the incredible accessibility that this city provides to outdoor explorations. Here's how you can fit in three hikes in one weekend.

Friday afternoon, head out to Oyster Dome in Bellingham. After getting off I-5, make your way to the beautiful Chuckanut Trail that offers you glimpses of the ocean hiding behind the trees. The trailhead is not marked well, and it's easily missed. Once you start the 3-mile hike, it gets steep rather quickly. Watch out for roots and some smaller creeks going down the hills. Then the trail flattens long enough for a quick view of the San Juan Islands. The top of this hike rewards you with stunning views of the San Juan Islands and Vancouver Island in Canada as well. Enjoy watching the sun to set over the ocean, and then begin your trek back down the mountain.

Sunset view from Little Summit from Mount Constitution. Photo by Shane Kucera

On Saturday, Mount Constitution on Orcas Island is the destination for the day. Pre-book your ferry spot and relax as the ferry cruises through the San Juan Islands. Once on Orcas, drive around the U-shaped island to get to the mountain. Start on the Cold Springs Trail and begin the 4-mile hike to the top. The beginning is relatively easy, with a few small hills. Save your energy, as the last mile is full of switchbacks. Once you make it to the top, enjoy beautiful views of the San Juans while munching on your lunch.

On Sunday, drive 45 minutes east of Seattle to Mount Si, the hardest hike of the weekend. At 8 miles total, the first mile alone has a 900-foot elevation gain. The trail evens out for a short period of time and allows you to catch your breath. The trail steepens again until you reach the top, where you'll reach 3,900 feet of elevation. The views of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound are well worth the effort. 

You'll feel like you've had a good workout and a great weekend in the woods after these three hikes.

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