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Sharks Reef Sanctuary

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Address: Sharks Reef Rd, Lopez Village, Lopez Island, WA
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Just a short hike from the parking spots to the sanctuary. You are on the rock's edge next to the water looking at the southern tip of San Juan Island and Cattle Point Pass. In... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 19, 2016
Lonnie R
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Seattle, Washington
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Lopez Island, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My early evening stroll out to watch the sealions coincided with a changing tide which created mesmersizing patterns in the swirls of kelp forest and seemed to inspire the basking sealions into a their own version of a "rock opera"; woodpeckers in the inshore woodland kept the beat: fun ;-) The walk out is lovely; a canopy of tall trees... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

Just a short hike from the parking spots to the sanctuary. You are on the rock's edge next to the water looking at the southern tip of San Juan Island and Cattle Point Pass. In the distance, Cattle Point Lighthouse on the southeastern edge of San Juan Island. The view from Sharks Reef is spectacular. We were able to see... More 

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Thank Lonnie R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

On family vacation and loved our easy hike to the Shark Reef Sanctuary!! Breathtaking views! We saw a sea lion bobbing up and down. Be sure to bring your binoculars!!

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Thank Melinda M
Mount Vernon, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

Easy hike to the water to enjoy the sunset and see ships go by. A great little detour after dinner. Bring a towel if you are adventurous as there is beach access around the coves.

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Nanjing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

Take the easy short hike from the parking lot (there is also a bathroom here) and walk to the rocky cliffs. Bring drinks and snacks to enjoy as you watch the sea lions, birds and other animals. Its a nice spot to relax and hike around.

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Damascus, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016

Easy nice walk to the water and secluded rocky beaches. Careful in the rainy season for mud bogs! And if you have younger children, careful on the rocks at the end of the trail.

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Thank Madrone T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2016

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 January 12, 2016

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, Washington
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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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