Upper Dungeness Trail

HARD 30 reviews
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Upper Dungeness Trail is a 11.9 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
11.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2545 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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.

backpacking
3 months ago

Hiked in to Home lake on 7/24. Took side trip on Charlia lakes trail up to the magnificent viewpoint. 7/25 dayhiked up to the high ridges and basins at the head of Heather Creek and Home creek,but not down to Sunny Brook
Meadows.The views include Mount Mystery,Mount Olympus,the headwaters of Heather Creek,Inner Constance and Warrior.Also Mount Rainier,Mount Adams and Mount Saint Helens.Also Mount Anderson.7/26 Went up to enjoy the great scenery above Constance Pass again,then moved camp down to Boulder shelter.Used the Charlia lakes trail.7/27:Went back up the Charlia Lakes trail and over to the top of Boulder Peak.Magnificent views! Volunteers replaced the Royal(Roy)creek foot log in July 2017.Yours truley keeps a saw near Boulder shelter and brush out nearby trails also.

7 months ago

Top 5 favorite

hiking
8 months ago

It is an engaging hike! Great for backpackers! Maybe a bit too much for beginners

hiking
Sunday, April 16, 2017

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!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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!

hiking
Monday, September 26, 2016

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
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

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

backpacking
Monday, September 05, 2016

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
Monday, August 01, 2016

very good hike. family enjoyed it tremendously.

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.

hiking
Friday, February 22, 2013

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
Sunday, April 01, 2012

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.

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Wednesday, October 05, 2016

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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