Dungeness River Trail

Port Angeles, Washington

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Children should experience this beautiful river valley, with its awe-inspiring enormous old trees next to white-water rapids. The Dungeness River has been proposed for Wild and Scenic River status. The easy and fairly level trail follows the Dungeness for many miles in both unprotected national forest and the Buckhorn Wilderness. The trail also offers an interesting contrast in climates: The first 2.5 miles are in lush rain forest; then the trail climbs into the rain shadow of the Olympics, and the environment becomes as dry as an eastern Washington forest. The ultimate reward is in seeing the meadows high above the Dungeness River.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

Children should experience this beautiful river valley, with its awe-inspiring enormous old trees next to white-water rapids. The Dungeness River has been proposed for Wild and Scenic River status. The easy and fairly level trail follows the Dungeness for many miles in both unprotected national forest and the Buckhorn Wilderness.

The trail also offers an interesting contrast in climates: The first 2.5 miles are in lush rain forest; then the trail climbs into the rain shadow of the Olympics, and the environment becomes as dry as an eastern Washington forest. The ultimate reward is in seeing the meadows high above the Dungeness River.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Port Angeles
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 700 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: April-November
Trailhead Elevation: 2,500 feet
Top Elevation: 3,200 feet
Local Contacts: Olympic National Forest
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 136 Tyler Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Dungeness River Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/18/2011
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A great trail. Easy, well groomed, runs parallel to the river with interesting rushing water and view points. Interesting birds. The only drawback is the air traffic overhead. It can get noisey.


9/11/2005
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Took my 8 year old on this hike for an overnight at Camp Handy. Got lost several times on logging roads just getting to the trail head. Took us 90 minutes from trailhead to Camp Handy. Great trail, great 3 sided cabin with a front open and good firepit. Quick walk to stream for water. Will go back next year earlier in the season.


6/25/2005
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Easy to get to from Western Washington, this trail was not overly crowded, and a simple hike that made for a good overnighter. Do not expect to stay at Camp Handy, as it is usually full up, but there are numerous private camping spots along the Dungeness River.



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Apr 2018