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Address: Sharks Reef Rd, Lopez Village, Lopez Island, WA
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beautiful spot, lots to explore

Shark Reef is one of the most beautiful spots on Lopez. A short hike through the woods will get you to the cliffs where you can watch the seals and otters and eagles pass by... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Shark Reef is one of the most beautiful spots on Lopez. A short hike through the woods will get you to the cliffs where you can watch the seals and otters and eagles pass by. Beaches are only accessible by scaling the cliffs at low tide, but there is considerable room to wander around the cliffs and through the woods.... More 

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Walla Walla
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Take the short trail from the parking lot out to the coast, through tall trees and salal. But don't stop when you first see the water! Turn left and keep going until the path ends. You will be on tall cliffs overlooking an island with lots of rocks around. Watch foe a while and the rocks will begin moving and... More 

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Burlington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Great hiking and worth it to get to the water. Had many sitings of sea lions and water fowl. Be sure to wear shoes with good gripping soles because the sandy conditions are slippery when dried out.

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La Quinta, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

We were lucky enough to watch a pod of about 12-13 orcas off Lopez Island this summer. It was in the afternoon when they are apparently returning from their feeding in the Straits of Juan de Fuca. They stay very close to shore in this area, they were less than 50 feet away. We were on a big flat rock... More 

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Kirkland, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

After attending a wedding at the Lopez Islander, we drove down to Sharks Reef Sanctuary. As Lopez is a small island, it does not take long to drive from one place to another and this was no exception. The walk to the cliff's edge was a 5-8 minute hike through a heavily wooded forest on a well traveled path. The... More 

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Seattle, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

A short hike through a nice woods brings you to the coast. This section of Cattle Pass is magnificent! There are great views of the churning water, seals galore, San Juan Island not too far away, and a beautiful glacially scoured rocky bluff replete with Madrona trees and conifers. This is my favorite hike on Lopez Island!

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Thank WindWolfess
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Easy hike. Keep going until you get out of the trees. We saw seals and sea lions. Nice view, some boat traffic.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

It's an nice easy trail to the edge of the bluff and the ocean. Turn left and walk along the edge and the small, rocky islands come into view. Seals basking, playing, foraging for food and gliding with current which moves quickly between the shore and the islands. It's an absolutely beautiful spot to spend some time watching the wildlife.... More 

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Walla Walla, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015 via mobile

Nice little hike from the road. Lots of harbor seals and their pups. I sat on the cliff just relaxing and watching them for over an hour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

I highly recommend this place to visit if you are on Lopez. It is an easy hike from the parking area to the Sharks Reef Sanctuary. There are bathrooms and an easy trail. Tons of seals and seagulls on the beach. Don't forget your cameras, there is a beautiful photo session at the end of the trail.

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