Upper Dungeness Trail

HARD 23 reviews
#43 of 177 trails in

Upper Dungeness Trail is a 12 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Quilcene, Washington that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October.

DISTANCE
12.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2772 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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.

hiking
2 months ago

Great condition with very little snow after second bridge. Must cross two bridges and continue about a quarter mile after second bridge to reach "shelter". Then turn around. We were unsure and turned around too soon a little after the second bridge- got to a little creak and headed back. Met some backpackers who were staying over night and they said we should have gone a little bit further. Next time.

The FS roads are poorly labeled and even on the hike we took a path to the Royal basin hike by mistake. Thankful for the trip map and trip reports but more people focused on pot holes than land markers or trail markers.

Great hike.. little far to go from Seattle but a great flat hike if you want something that's not all switch backs and elevation. The forest floor and trees are beautiful. Lots of deer on the road in too!

6 months 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!

8 months ago

hiking
8 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
9 months ago

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

backpacking
9 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

backpacking
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

very good hike. family enjoyed it tremendously.

backpacking
Saturday, June 04, 2016

hiking
Saturday, June 04, 2016

hiking
Thursday, June 02, 2016

camping
Thursday, June 02, 2016

hiking
Friday, March 11, 2016

Monday, August 24, 2015

hiking
Sunday, September 14, 2014

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
Sunday, June 01, 2014

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.

Sunday, May 04, 2014

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
Sunday, November 17, 2013

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.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

great trail, the river is amazing

hiking
Sunday, June 16, 2013

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.