Gold Creek Trail 830

Olympic National Forest, Washington

Distance6.5mi
Elevation Gain5,948ft
Trailhead Elevation3,215ft
Top3,269ft
Elevation Min/Max1194/3269ft
Elevation Start/End3215/3215ft

Gold Creek Trail 830

Gold Creek Trail #830 is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Clallam County, Washington. It is within Olympic National Forest. It is 6.5 miles long and begins at 3,215 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,948 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. This trail connects with the following: Lower Dungeness Trail, Gold Creek Extension Trail and Sleepy Hollow Trail #852.

Gold Creek Trail #830 Professional Reviews and Guides

"Follow a lightly traveled trail to a salmon-bearing creek and then climb up and along the lower Dungeness River canyon. A good hike in late spring when higher options are limited—and trailside rhodies are blooming.

Open to mountain bikes, horses, motorbikes. As of 2016, part of FR Spur 230 was washed out, requiring walking from FR 2870 or using the upper trailhead."

"This sensational ride weaves around the base of Dirty Face Ridge within the Olympic Range, just outside the boundaries of the national forest and the Buckhorn Wilderness Area.

Wide switchbacks in the forest road take you up the west side of the Dungeness River to some adventuresome single track on the eastern side of the river below Dirty Face Ridge. The trail is steep and narrow and has several drop-offs. It’s a ripping good ride that will take you by surprise."

"Advanced cyclists will appreciate this demanding 18.3-mile loop. The trip begins with climbing on good gravel roads. Vistas into the snowcapped Buckhorn Wilderness get better as you gain altitude. Twelve miles of difficult climbing and screaming downhills bring you to God Creek Trail. The path begins in an area thick with rhododendrons.

This single-track includes some short, strenuous climbs, but it is mostly downhill. The trail is exciting, with twists, whoop-de-does, major root drop-offs, and cliff-like experiences. An exhilarating ride for strong, skilled cyclists. Scenery: Beautiful vistas of surrounding mountains and valleys."

Gold Creek Trail #830 Reviews

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2/26/2007
I think that the directions on most trail guides are old and/or inaccurate. They all say to take FR 28 to FS 2860. The problem is that FS 2860 has been blocked, and from the look of it for several years. The only way I found to get close to the trail head is by taking 2880, (right at the Y of FS 28 and FS 2880) and following it down the hill, across the river and up the other side. The first Y you encounter is the FS 2880 and 2870, stay left at Y which keeps you on 2880. Another couple of miles you will reach another Y and if you go left it will take you back down the hill finally dumping you out in a parking area that is the trail head for 833. 833 is on the right just as you are entering the parking area. At the opposite end of the parking lot there is a gated road that appears to follow the river. My guess is that this is the end of the referenced FS 2860. I think that if you park and ride up this road you will eventually cross the river and find the actual trail head. Please keep in mind that I never did actually find the trail head after 2-plus hours of searching. Best of luck and please post a review if anyone finds the trail head or if there is a way to access this trail from 833.
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5/16/2000
Gold Creek #830 - Status: Open. Maintained: Yes. 6.3 miles-1220-2860 ft.-20%- TRAIL PARK PASS REQUIRED. Mountain bikes welcome. No access, road closed due to slides. No estimated opening date. Alternate route would be 2830 road, park near dirt mound near end of road and go downhill off to the right.
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Trail Information

Olympic National Forest
Nearby City
Olympic National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Wildflowers
Features
Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal Ranger District, Quilcene
Local Contacts
Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S, Custom Correct Buckhorn Wilderness
Local Maps

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Sep 2018