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Address: Sharks Reef Rd, Lopez Village, Lopez Island, WA
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Sharjs no; Seals Yes!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Seattle, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

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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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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Delta
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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

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Some fun bouldering options, saw schools of fish, harbor seals and sea lions (we think). The coastal trail is probably about 1/3 mile wide with nice views of San Juan island.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Such a beautiful place for a picnic lunch. My family and I biked to Sharks Reef and sat out on the rocks overlooking the water. We actually saw a baby harbor seal. The kids had a great time climbing on the rocks and looking at the different marine life and shells washed up on the shore. This is a must... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

If you are on Lopez Island, I highly recommend a visit to Shark Reef. Its located on the northwest side of the island and access is from a small parking lot along the road. Outhouses are available at the beginning of the trail. Once on the trail, it winds its way through a small forest trail. Well taken care of... More 

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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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