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Dingford Creek Trail

MODERATE 19 reviews

Dingford Creek Trail is a 9.7 mile out and back trail located near North Bend, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is best used from July until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 9.7 miles Elevation Gain: 2,457 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

hiking

forest

lake

wildlife

From Seattle, E on I-90 to exit 34. Left on 468th Ave SE for 0.4 miles. Right on SE Middle Fork Rd for 1 mile. Bear Right at fork for 11.5 miles (dirt road.) Right on FSR 56 for 6.1 miles to trailhead on right.

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muddy
over grown
rocky
27 days ago

Positives: Solitude and lots of undisturbed fungi. Were gunna hike up to Horseshoe Lake but offshoot trail was not clearly defined, and was behind schedule. I’m sure Horseshoe Lake would have been awesome, but these trails are a bit rough (low use), and truthfully, there’s not much to see along these long valley stretches. Some nice glimpses of ridge lines, but overall a lot of effort for a stretch that has heavy remnants of logging etc. Road up to Dingford Creek TH / Goldmeyer is gravel and heavily dynamic to seasonal changes; IMPASSABLE for non 4WD vehicles and proceed with caution; some nasty dips and large river rock areas that take CAUTIOUS driving if not in an F150 etc. Also good to have extra gear for drive: no cell phone reception and pitted river stone road in event of worse case scenarios (flats etc).

hiking
bugs
muddy
off trail
3 months ago

First time doing an off trail in WA. There are some switchbacks in the first portion of the trail but after you pass it, the trail becomes easier to hike. There were a lot of mosquitos when we went hiking and this was roughly around mid-morning in July. Driving there was a bit scary. I recommend driving a truck or an SUV. It will feel like you’re going through a rocky rollercoaster, driving there.

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
washed out
3 months ago

Loved all the GREEN on this trail! Lots of mushrooms, Moss, fungus and trees. Beautiful forest views along the trail but I don’t think the lake was quite what we expected. It was very swampy and not a lake you’d swim in. Also lots of mosquitoes so I wouldn’t want to camp there although it looked like people camp there sometimes. Shoes got very muddy.

hiking
muddy
rocky
5 months ago

Beautiful trail with an amazing alpine lake at the end. Beware, I have hiked 'hard' rated trails that were much easier than this one! Very muddy at this time. We saw one other group on this trail which is deceiving, because the lot was pretty full. Also, the dirt road to get there was pretty sketchy in a sedan... Would recommend getting there in nothing less than a crossover.

hiking
11 months ago

Dingford Creek trail definitely lives up to its name! The entire trail was a babbling creek during our spring hike. THE TRAIL IS MADE OF CREEK. Very wet- but very pretty- and actually worth the effort. Maybe try later in the summer when the conditions are more dry.

hiking
Thu Nov 22 2018

Beautiful trail, however, about 1.5 miles up middle fork trail, the entire side of the cliff slid into the river. Very Very muddy and could be dangerous because there is still the strong potential for several of the trees to slide off whats left of the cliff and bury anyone or thing in the area.

hiking
Sun Aug 19 2018

The final gravel portion of the road is best navigated in a vehicle with high clearance - big gravel and potholes. Beautiful old-growth trees, ferns, fungi and mushrooms and the rare columbine, plus fat blueberries ripening as you get higher. A great hike for a hot day, because it is virtually 95% in the trees. We only encountered 4 other parties on an August Saturday. Lots of water near the trail, even in August, but evidence that earlier there was a lot of water on the trail. Root-y and rocky for much of the time, and little variety + no vistas made 9.7 miles seem more like 15. Some muddy spots even in mid-August, and hungry mosquitoes in the usual places near water and mud. 10 or so giant blowdowns, so major tree crossings necessary. The lake is small and shallow with little shoreline to enjoy, charming nonetheless.

hiking
Wed Jul 25 2018

We began our hike on Sunday 7/22/18 around 12:00 noon. The road up from Taylor Campground to the TH is about 5 miles, the road was bumpy but passable in our Toyota Camry without problems. Trail is steep in the 1st mile, then flattens out nicely. Bugs weren't too bad in the areas where there was a breeze. There are some blow downs and dried up river beds to scramble, but all doable and not scary.

hiking
Mon May 08 2017

Road to trail is closed 5 miles away from trailhead to foot and vehicle traffic due to fire.

hiking
Mon Jun 01 2015

The dirt road to the trail is long and has multiple washouts. Definitely recommend a truck or SUV. The trail head is easily marked once you get to the end of the road. The trail is overgrown with vegetation and hard to see at times but the creek crossings and constant changing terrain make it interesting and fun for a bit. Dingfork Creek was refreshing and a good place to have lunch. We saw a total of 2 people hiking and a few campers near the lake, which was a nice change of pace from the normal busy trail. Myrtle Lake was a disappointment for sure. Lots of mosquitoes and minimal places to sit by the water. Didn’t feel worth the 5+ hike.

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