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Chuckanut Mountain Trail: a Fall Hiking Essential List

 Pack for a new Chuckanut Drive Trail hike with the practical tips from the Oyster Bar team consisted of keen hikers and explorers.

Choose the best hiking spots 

The one-day Chuckanut Mountain Trail hike is one of the most popular ways to experience the fall beauty of the Pacific Northwest in September.

Located near Bellingham, the Chuckanut Mountain Trail is a 7-mile trail with spectacular forest and lake views.

With an online trail map on Hiking Project, you can easily plan your trip. You will find there some helpful suggestions from other hikers. They provide detailed trail guides to 14 trails.

After adding the best hiking spots to your map, draw up a hiking checklist.

The first-aid kit for hiking

Even a simple scrape of cut may overshadow your trip if not treated in time. That is why first and foremost, consider essential first-aid supplies.

Your hiking first-aid kit should contain lightweight, breathable surgical tape for blisters and cuts, antiseptic wipes, fine tweezers, safety pins.

To stay hydrated, follow the best hiking recommendation – a half-liter of water at moderate temperature.

Navigation tools

To stay on track, bring a standard compass, a map, and a GPS device. It is essential to spend some time learning navigation.

After putting the targeted hiking destination on the map, you will orient yourself and better understand nearby surroundings.

With the GPS device, you can keep yourself updated with your location.

Seasonally appropriate clothing

According to the Weather Atlas,  the September weather across the region promises pleasant sunny days with the average day temperature 65°F (18.3° C) with the following breezy evenings (50°F (10°C)) and cold nights 40°F (4.4°C).

So, to keep yourself warm and dry, choose hiking apparel made of quick-drying fabrics. No cotton underwear.

It absorbs sand may result in painful chafing when it gets wet. Hiking pants that can zip off into shorts, an insulated vest, and a pair of gloves are other great solutions for September Chuckanut Mountain Trail hiking.

Waterproof hiking boots

Lightweight hiking boots are a must-have item on your list. Since you are likely to encounter chilly rain or some muddy spots typical for the area in September, so the boots should be waterproof.

On the other hand, for easy routes on well-established trails which feature many Chuckanut Mountain hikes, you can get by with good running shoes.

Whatever shoes you choose, wear wool or synthetic socks, but not cotton ones because they absorb less perspiration, and may cause blisters.

Have a tasty fall dinner at the Oyster Bar!

Finish your adventurous day in the Oyster Bar. Try the best local foods from our seasonally inspired menu and excellent wine from the award-winning wine list in a welcoming environment.
Make a reservation 360-766-6185!

5 Selfies Spots on Chuckanut Drive

With its stunning seascapes, Washington State’s scenic byway is a nature photographer’s dream. Splendid water, woodland, and mountain views around encourage to experience Chuckanut Drive rather than drive it. Explore the five most splendid panoramas popular both with locals and tourists!

Over 20 beautiful stops on a map

The 20-mile scenic roadway is a safe and enjoyable leisure activity during COVID restrictions. It is easy to get an enjoyable experience for lone travelers and small companies simply by driving and stopping in pleasant places.

With two-way traffic on winding roads, Chuckanut Drive is not the road to be in a rush on! So, simply slow down, relax and take time to discover it.

The best way to enjoy the scenic drive is to see it as a nice day road trip from Seattle, one of the most frequent starting points. In this case, your Chuckanut Drive journey starts from Conway when you exit I-5 and finishes in Bellingham.

With the map of over 20 selected interesting stops on Chuckanut Drive, you can tailor every trip in different ways.

Begin with the following five locations that embody the very spirit of the Pacific Northwest.
Try to regard the trip as a photo album that you can create by mixing funny selfies and scenery images.

Capture spring fields around La Conner

Colorful patchworks of spring farmlands between Conway and La Conner may be the first image of your Chuckanut Drive selfie session. In springtime, the landscapes around the Skagit river wow visitors with picturesque photography backdrops.

Undoubtedly, tulip and daffodil fields are the most vivid spots during the season.

If you find yourself in Skagit County in April and want to enjoy more floral areas, consider visiting Skagit Tulip Festival.

Immerse yourself in the marine landscapes of Padilla Bay

Just in 20 minutes, enjoy a new visual experience in Bay View State Park. Located in Padilla Bay, the place offers gorgeous views of the San Juan Islands.

For learning more about the natural history of the area, visit exhibits at Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

With picnic areas and a great bike trail, you will likely spend more time there, taking selfies and strolling along the water.

Explore oyster beds on Taylor Shellfish Farms

With a 130-year history of sustainable shellfish, Tailor Shellfish Farms is just a must-visit place in the Pacific Northwest. The location offers a dynamic display of oyster harvesting, a staple food of the area.

To get there, you will need to pass the railroad tracks down to the shore. But it is well worth a stop because, regarding the weather, you will take impressive pictures.

It is definitely one of the impressive landmarks that embody successful communal efforts, original fishing traditions, and outstanding natural landscapes.

When the tide is low, you can watch numerous oyster beds. It is also possible to buy some oysters in a local store where they can pack your seafood in ice.

Experience the woodland grandeur of Larrabee State Park

Another stop in Larrabee Park will give you the majestic forest and mountain views. The oldest Washington state park on Samish Bay, created in 1915, covers over 2700 acres and features camping, boating, and fishing.

And naturally, the park offers a wide range of spots for taking pictures of birds and flowers.
Hiking and biking trails will further enrich your experience and provide you with new landscapes to enjoy.

Have a scenic dinner at the Oyster Bar

After such a busy day, recharge your batteries on the Oyster Bar terrace, watching a glorious sunset.

Here you can always try our specialties: raw, fried, or baked oysters, try a good wine from our award-winning wine list, and, of course, find new photo opportunities. Every table on our terrace offers a splendid view of Samish Bay.

Call the Oyster Bar and make a reservation 360-766-6185.

Chuckanut Drive in the Fall

The historic Chuckanut Drive is beautiful no matter what time of year you take your car down its winding path, but in the Fall, the wonder of the scenic highway becomes even more magic.


This March: Small Plate Crab Dishes!

small plate crab dishes

This month, it’s alright to feel crabby! That’s because the Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive is offering a number of delicious small plate crab dishes throughout March and April. (Not available Easter weekend) Our chefs have whipped up a number of mouth-watering crab dishes for you to enjoy. Perhaps you’d like to try the Snow Crab Lasagna? Or maybe a Petite King Crab Salad is more your taste? Or you could always sit by our fireplace and warm yourself up with the Dungeness and Whiskey Soup.

Here’s everything the Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive has prepared for you crab-wise.

For information on pricing, please visit our menu.


Snow Crab Lasagna
Lemon dill pasta, portabella mushrooms, heirloom tomatoes, basil, roasted red pepper and star anise coulis and basil oil.

Snow Crab Lasagna


Dungeness and Whiskey Soup
With crab crackers and fresh chives.

Dungeness and Whiskey Soup

Petite King Crab Salad
Heirloom tomatoes, avocado, basil, arugula and black truffle vinaigrette.

King Crab Salad The Oyster Bar

King Crab Brulee
Blue oyster mushrooms, shallots, basil, capers, saffron lemon mousseline and grilled brioche.

King Crab Brulee The Oyster Bar

Crab Cocktail
Snow, King and Dungeness crab, spicy gazpacho, avocado mousse and crostini.

Crab Cocktail The Oyster Bar

If you wish, our servers will happily pair any small plate crab dish you order with a selection from our award-winning wine cellar. Each bottle on our list has been personally selected by the owner, so as to cover every major wine-producing region of the world.
We have limited seating in our restaurant, so we recommend you call ahead and make a reservation if the crab plates have your mouth watering!

Something Special for March

We’re offering a new set of specials for March. We have Columbia River sturgeon served with caviar cream, chive puree and crispy potato galette. For game we’re offering Jugged Rabbit Terrine served with huckleberry mustard, pickled onions and watercress salad. Also on the menu is the Missouri Venison Chop with roasted shallots thyme borderlaise and truffle bread pudding. Finally we have a Olive crusted Mahi Mahi served with charred heriloom tomatoes, balsamic syrup and toasted pinenuts.

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Featured Wine: Domaine Magdalena Cabernet Sauvignon

(Bin #1114 $87) This sophisticated, balanced Washington Red is everything a Cabernet from Red Mountain should be. It’s fine tannins accent the beautiful notes of blackberry, rose petal and earth. Domaine Magdalena is not only beautifully made but also thoughtfully made. The wine undergoes wild yeast fermentation, is unfiltered and is Demeter certified biodynamic. This wine can stand alone but would pair nicely with so many of our dishes including our vegetarian and wild game options.


For Your Favorite Foodies

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+ Closing times may vary seasonally so please call for a reservation if wishing to dine after 8pm.

+ It is our policy not to seat parties with children under 9 years of age unless our downstairs dining room is unoccupied.