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Address: Sharks Reef Rd, Lopez Village, Lopez Island, WA
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Short hike, great views

We locked our bikes at the bike racks and walked through the forest to the coast. The views along the coastal trail with rocky cliffs are spectacular! We enjoyed seeing seals and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 20, 2015
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Port Townsend, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

We locked our bikes at the bike racks and walked through the forest to the coast. The views along the coastal trail with rocky cliffs are spectacular! We enjoyed seeing seals and Black Oystercatchers in the distance, and sat in the sun watching the crazy currents and noticing wildflowers. It's a special spot!

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Tidal action was awesome. We saw seals but no Orcas. Trail in was not maintained well but it didn't get challenging until the coastal rocks.

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Kennewick, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

A short walk to the steep cliffs overlooking Cattle Pass. You can see San Juan Island across from you. Turn and follow the trail up to the edge of the reserve and you can overlook the rocks where there are almost always harbor seals basking. We often see oyster catchers and eagles there as well. It is fun to watch... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

What a way to see the great Pacific Northwest - a beautiful walk through the woods along the waterfront with precarious drops. We were lucky enough to see a sea otter feeding on land - much bigger then they look in the water!

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Nice little walk out to the cliffs, great views of San Juan Island and watching seals play in the water and on the rocks. Also happened to see a Pacific Dolphin! Crazy! Really cold and sunny day! Takes less than two hours depending on how long you want to chill and enjoy the scenery.

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Friday Harbor, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Came to do some geocaching and found some of the best views I've ever seen. The trail is not too long for kids but really small humans should be supervised at the cliffs. Didn't see seals this time of year but the scenery was great on its own.

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Morro Bay, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Best place on Lopez Island is tucked away in a forest. Hike to the end and view the Elephant Seals, gorgeous bay and serenity of nature.

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Taylorsville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Well worth the visit. Follow the path from the parking and you get to the water. Follow the path along the water and you might see sea lions and seals. We saw a lot on the rocks below. The scenery is great.

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Camas, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Easy hike to a great view of seals as well as the lighthouse on lime kiln state park across the water. GPS does not function properly on the island, so glad I had written down some driving directions from TA!

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Abbotsford, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Enjoyed the short, easy 15 minute hike in to the water. The currents here are strong and whirl-pool, so it is beautiful. Lots of seals and their pups lounging on the rocks you see in the water. Pretty place to have a picnic or just sit and relax.

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Address: Sharks Reef Rd, Lopez Village, Lopez Island, WA
Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  San Juan Islands  >  Lopez Island

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