Upper Dungeness Trail

HARD 14 reviews
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Upper Dungeness Trail is a 12.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Quilcene, WA that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from June until October.

12.1 miles 2744 feet Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

From Sequim, 3 miles east on U.S. 101 to Palo Alto Road. Turn right and drive 7.5 miles to Forest Service Road 28. Stay left and drive 1 mile to Forest Service Road 2860. Turn right and drive 11 miles to the Dungeness Trailhead.

4 days ago

Easy trail. It stays flat pretty much the entire time. The second half of the trail was covered in snow last week but even so it wasn't too hard to walk in. The worst part of this was the drive here along the dirt road with the numerous potholes!

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

A beautiful hike along towering trees and a cascading river always by your side. The only downside is the long trip on a winding gravel road with lots pot holes to get there.

hiking
2 months ago

I did not think this was "hard" it's a good one for poor weather, protected by trees.

backpacking
2 months ago

I took my 10 year old son on his first backpacking trip to camp handy and it was fantastic it was a challenge for him but very rewarding. Great area to explore he wants to go to goat lake next time. Thank you to all the volunteers you have made the trail so great. Can't wait to go it again

hiking
4 months ago

very good hike. family enjoyed it tremendously.

hiking
2 years ago

Definitely an easy, gorgeous walk. I hesitate to call this a hike because the trail is so well-maintained! Camp Handy was a bit anticlimactic, but wta.org said that was a good place to turn around.

hiking
2 years ago

Beautiful hike in late May, lots of wild flowers and lichen and deer. Fairly easy and the trail was in great shape with just a few patches of mud.

2 years ago

Great trail, fairly flat and great hike along river. Camped overnight at Camp Handy, great spot to enjoy open skies and a ton of stars. Will be back to make trek to Royal Basin.

hiking
3 years ago

This is a good hike that offers lots of old growth, mushrooms and a pleasant walk along the river. We hiked to Camp Handy and enjoyed everything this trail has to offer. Easy trail, well marked and no disappointments. I'll return to do this one again.

3 years ago

great trail, the river is amazing

hiking
3 years ago

Trail is near Sequim off Hwy 101, takes about a half hour to get to trailhead on forest service roads, follow road markers and trail guides for directions. Great places for tent camping at trailhead and Camp Hardy.

Trail to Camp Hardy is slightly harder than easy but not moderate, with beautiful understory flora and fast flowing blue-green water of the Dungeness. Trail well-kept.

After Camp Hardy the 3 mi climb to Boulder Shelter becomes significantly difficult with steep climbs reaching above the forest canopy. Crossing small creeks and several terrain changes, this extended portion of the trail provides elegant views of the glaciers and mountains. Well worth the hike. Be sure to bring enough water for this leg of the journey.

hiking
3 years ago

Great hike. Expect to run into snow early in the year (May-June) and late in the year ( Oct-Nov.)
If you drive the 21.6 from Hwy 101 to the parking located at the trail entrance of the Upper Dungeness trail head and park (elevation 2.6k FT).
Camp Handy is 3 miles in @ 3.1k FT.
Boulder Shelter is 6 miles in @ 4.9k FT.
Great hike for a day trip. For a weekend and to do a loop from the parking lot up to boulder Shelter( 6miles)-Marmot Pass(1.3miles)-Tubal Cain trail(6.5miles) -down to the road(3.6mile) back to the parking lot is an overall 17.4 miles.
I typically backpack with a 40-50 lb pack. Easily done in a weekend. Arrive on a Friday night. There is camping areas located just before the bridge along the river. And get up early in the morning and enjoy the day. There is also two other trails that come to an end (Baldy trail, 2.7miles one way, goes NW) and (Royal Creek Trail/Basin, 5.6mile one way, goes west then south)

camping
4 years ago

The Upper Dungeness Trail is definitely high on the list of most beautiful trails in the Olympics. It begins in old growth douglas-fir. This is a great trail for children and those new to backpacking. Water is plentiful and the first 3 miles is relatively flat has it follows along the Dungeness River.

Once you reach the Camp Handy Shelter the trail begins to steadily climb and doesn't really level off until you get to Marmot Pass. The Upper Dungeness Trail actually stops near Boulder Shelter. This is at a junction in the trail where if you continue straight and hike past Boulder Shelter you will be on the Constance Pass Trail.

If you take the switchback going up the hillside you will now be on the Upper Big Quilcene Trail and heading towards Marmot Pass. There is not much water and you are exposed on the hillside so get lots of water at the creek near Boulder Shelter before you begin your ascent to Marmot Pass because it is the last water until you return. There is no water at Marmot.