Explore the most popular no dogs trails near Sequim with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Dungeness Spit Trail

1 day ago

love it

backpacking
2 days ago

A tough at times hike but absolutely worth it. Drive to trailhead is along a one-lane dirt road going into the mountains, nothing too scary but be ready to pullover for traffic. Beginning of hike is fairly flat and easy, but after a few hours you'll get into some steep elevation gains. Nothing hairy, just exhausting, especially if you're bringing a fully loaded pack. When you get to towards the first basin it may be incredibly buggy, bring some spray. Great views of the glacial mountains along the way. Once you get to Royal Lake you'll be tempted to chill or swim in the beautiful blue water, but if you've got the energy definitely continue on to the to upper basin. By the end you'll have seen some beautiful meadows and another stunning glacial lake surrounded by snowy mountains.

If camping, the lake campsites looked nice, but there's a number of sites. If looking for something more private, consider the Lower Royal Meadow sites, there were only 2 that I saw. You're right next to the creek so easy to filter water. Was really buggy, but I don't think you can get away from that anywhere. Quite chilly at night as well.

So I didn’t do this trail, but I did go to this area. And when you pull in the first pull off for a scenic view on the left has an incredible sunset opportunity. The day I went there were two eagles flying above us the whole time. Also, right down the street from this rec area, if you drive down the road close to the coast, you’ll come to the end where you can take a sharp left turn down the hill. This is also an amazing view of the spit during sunset/sunrise. Enjoy!

Road conditions are in good condition just be a little cautious of the narrow road. The hike was beautiful and had plenty of views including a black tail only 5 feet from me which was pretty cool. Will definitely come back for the other trails.

Before you go make sure you have a good pair of holding boots, and toilet paper just in case nature calls. 5.5 out and the same back. I say this because I brought some and the person I went had had to go and we were miles out from anywhere. There is a bathroom at the light house as well as the trailhead.

We went out to the lighthouse and back on 4-20-18. The tide was out all day, so it was great to be able to explore everything, go up into the lighthouse, and not worry about getting back before the water came back in.

off road driving
3 months ago

Great drive. A lot of snow made it interesting. There are a lot of side roads as well

Loved it. Views of the Olympics, Cascades, Victoria Island and the San Juan Islands. Made it all the way out to the lighthouse. Watch the tide tables. Towards the end I was forced up into the rocky areas which is harder to walk on.

backpacking
4 months ago

Royal Basin is the finest alpine area in the Dungeness watershed.Streams cross the trail regularly.In the southeast corner of the basin it's not to difficult to gain the top of Royal ridge.The view over the basin is magnificent.I like to drop in to Milk Creek and go over to the other side of Milk Creek basin,over to an magnificent viewpoint for Warrior,Mt.Con stance and Inner Constance.Some steep snow often.

hiking
6 months ago

Did this as a day hike with a buddy. Other than me being a dumb dumb with new inserts it was a great trip. It was kind of chilly and windy so bugs were at a minimum. Stopped at the lower camp and was roomy as far as places to park gear but was hard to find water and good camp things. Upper camp much better for finding things like that and camping spots were pretty big and seemed to be enough. I would pay to stay up there. Didn’t make it to the lake at the top but that was my own fault. Early September

Hard is better than moderate as a descriptor. Once in top, OMG! Truly amazing. Getting up. Was difficult, coming down even more so. Easier to follow game trails since the upper trail is poorly marked.

backpacking
7 months ago

the road opens late july and closes mid september. the park service locks a barrier across road and markes it illegal to drive past.

off road driving
8 months ago

Great trails! Today when we went up it was pretty snowy and icy! I would make sure you have a 4by4 or all wheel drive or you won’t make it up! Great views once towards the top! Make sure your bring a map or GPS as there is no cell service and there is many trails you can get lost on!

off road driving
8 months ago

Pretty easy drive. Just be careful not getting too close to the edge (soft shoulders)! Went up there around 5, made it just in time for sunset. 4 wheel drive not needed unless your trying to beat the sunset.

First off this hike is very far from moderate it is also extremely poorly marked (bring a GPS) be prepared for steepness you probably never encountered before having said that the view from the top is really a spiritual experience.

hiking
9 months ago

Really neat trail. You start in a forest before getting to the beach. There was a lot of driftwood, washed up trees, and cairns. The beach sand was packed and pebbly enough to run on. We didn’t make it out to the lighthouse, but still had fun. It was chilly in July, so bundle up. With the evening breeze I needed jeans and long sleeves when walking.

on Royal Basin Trail

hiking
9 months ago

The trail is in good condition with only two trees to climb over. Mostly dry rift now.

Nice, long beach walk....check the tides so that you are able to walk on sand, not driftwood, both out and back.

hiking
9 months ago

We did this hike as a day trip from Seattle. Lots of driving but completely worth it. The drive is very straightforward, with good signage on the FS roads. We arrived at the trailhead at about 830 and were surprised to see 20-30 cars already there. It turns out most were not headed up to Royal Basin, we didn't see many people on the trail.

The hike itself is wonderful. It starts out in a dense forest, gradually ascending next to a mountain stream. The forest is thickly carpeted in a layer of moss. After a few miles, the moss fades as you enter more of an alpine forest, through a few meadows and with the occasional view of the valley ahead. The trail continues through this picturesque alpine forest and eventually hits the Royal Lake, a great spot for a break. There were a few birds in the area aggressively trying to steal our snacks, literally attempting to grab them out of our hands. Once past the lake, there's another beautiful meadow and a short trail to the ranger station, which is a platform with a backpacking tent setup on it. Definitely head down this detour - shortly past the ranger station is a great waterfall to explore. Back on the main trail, it's a quick hike up through more meadows and into some rocky terrain to the basin, which was our lunch spot. If you make it to the lake, don't stop there, the basin is totally worth the short extra hike. We stayed there for a while, ate lunch, and headed all the way back down. Much of the trail is criss-crossed by numerous animal trails. We saw a bunch of deer, a couple crossed the trail very close to us. They were surprisingly comfortable coexisting with humans. It didn't seem like they were looking for food, they simply trusted that we weren't a threat in any way, which was a very cool experience.

Overall, the hike is a gradual to moderately steep incline throughout. Nothing too tough. According to the Green Trails Map, round trip to the basin is 8.6 miles each way for a total round trip of 17.2. Including about an hour for lunch and frequent water breaks, the total hike time for us was about 9 hrs. If you're thinking about doing this in a single day (definitely doable) during the late summer/early fall time frame, I would recommend leaving the trailhead no later than 9 am to allow plenty of hiking time and enough daylight to complete the hike safely.

walking
9 months ago

A beautiful walk on the beach. 5 miles one way to the lighthouse. You can also walk on the beach in the opposite direction. You can see many seabirds. Beautiful ocean. Very romantic.

Easy and nice walking to the light house. I walked exactly 11 miles out and back.

10 months ago

Trail is only 1.6 miles each direction for a total of 3.2 miles. It is a steep 23% grade and ends at a trail leading up to the top of Mount Zion (4.1 miles, or 8.2 round trip if you elect to go up there). That trail will be behind you and to the left, so the sign is easy to miss if you don't look behind you at the right time. If you continue straight, you will actually be on the Snow Creek trail, which will feature some small waterfalls. Neither Deadfall nor Snow Creek feature any views or notable formations and are probably only worth the hike if you intend to summit Mt. Zion.

hiking
10 months ago

Easier walk than I thought. Great family outing too.

long walk lol
but worth it !!!

Warning: this hike should be listed as HARD. I've done hikes listed as hard and could still complete them.

starting from the right side at the trail head, the first .3 of a mile is pretty steep elevation gain with no switchback, which I think would have helped on the steeper inclines. At .7 tenths of a mile there is a small waterfall with fresh clear water. From there, pretty steady steap climb up until about .8 or .9 when you get a little bit of a break. At 1.2 miles in, there's a beautiful meadow. At this point, I had to turn around.

I rated it a three because I don't think I would have selected this hike given my level of fitness currently. i should have looked at elevation gain. However, the views were phenomenal. I was alone for the majority of the hike and only passed 2 people on my way down.

Note: hike with twice the amount of water or have a water filtering device to replenish your bottles.

walking
10 months ago

Didn't complete the entire walk to the lighthouse but whatever we did was stroller friendly, by that I mean a good jogging stroller. Didn't let our 18 month old out of the stroller because of all the driftwood on the shores. Nice views and relaxing time for all of us.

off road driving
10 months ago

Great trail for most types of vehicles. Plenty of tougher trails along the route that lead to some beautiful quit locations.

backpacking
11 months ago

tough hiking because it's long
but so worth it

hiking
11 months ago

Monday, July 17, 2017

Great hike very scenic

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