Heather Creek Trail is a 13.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Brinnon, WA that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and horses and is accessible from April until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
A quiet valley hike that follows Heather Creek and the beginning of the Dungeness River. It is home to the beautiful Heather Meadow. Here you can often see bear grazing and discover wildflowers in abundance. The trail begins 0.3 miles beyond Camp Handy on the Upper Dungeness River Trail. It descends towards the Dungeness River through a typical northwest Rhododendron forest. After crossing a stream you will reach the remains of an old cabin that was destroyed in 1981. From here in follows the river. Soon you will enter a beautiful meadow and see a large camp on the far side next to the river. Mt. Fricaba and Mt. Mystery where Heather Creek / Dungeness River originate are easily seen from this meadow also. It is not uncommon to see bear in this meadow feasting on the tall grass. This valley is also home to a nice diversity of wildflowers. The trail ends at the 4 mile point which is near the National Park Boundary. Here you will find moss covered boulders and the remains of another cabin, though it is getting harder to find in all the brush.
Love this trail. It is challenging, but not difficult and the view from the top makes it well worth it. I took my friend there this week and she too had a blast! We even saw some chipmunks running around at the top. This is a great trail and I'd highly recommend it.
Lots of wildflowers and bears. A great side trip from the Upper Dungeness River Trail.