Lower Dungeness Trail

Olympic National Forest, Washington

Distance5.8mi
Elevation Gain5,139ft
Trailhead Elevation2,504ft
Top2,750ft
Elevation Min/Max1425/2750ft
Elevation Start/End2504/2504ft

Lower Dungeness Trail

Lower Dungeness Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Clallam County, Washington. It is within Olympic National Forest. It is 5.8 miles long and begins at 2,504 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,139 feet. Dungeness River Trailhead and another parking are near the trailhead. There are also restrooms. This trail connects with the following: Upper Dungeness Trail #833.2 and Gold Creek Trail #830.

Lower Dungeness Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Hike along and above the Dungeness River in an impressive steep canyon. Walk through groves of towering ancient conifers. Visit a historical shelter and admire silvery cascades. This trail through a rugged and lightly traveled landscape is a good choice when higher ground is blanketed in white.

Open to mountain bikes, horses, and motorbikes. Several slides may be problematic or dangerous to cross. As of 2016, part of FR Spur 230 was washed out, requiring walking from FR 2870 or using the upper trailhead."

"This 14.6-mile loop, amid two distinct environments, is as interesting as it is exciting. The initial, strenuous 3.2 miles on gravel road and the steep climbing and descending on the rooty singletrack make it suitable for advanced riders. After the initial climbing, the final 4.7 miles on the road is a fun, fast descent and the final singletrack descent is a steep, technical thriller.

The Lower Dungeness Trail is in a unique area within the rain shadow of the Olympics. As you start on the singletrack alongside the river, you cruise along a rooty, hard-pack trail through a soft, lush area, with stately old-growth cedar and hemlock towering over ferns, mosses, and riverside shrubbery. This area is moist enough to escape much of the effects of the wildfires that have shaped the landscape of the upper reaches of the trail. Two singletracks in one: lush riverside trail and rugged forest ridge trail. Scenery: Views of Dungeness River Valley from above and below; Buckhorn Wilderness news; old growth; lush, riverside scenery; dry, rugged forest."

Lower Dungeness Trail Reviews

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9/5/2009
trail is in great shape! At the top of the climb there is a connecting trail called three oclock ridge! great single track.decend down .5 mile to main trail. go right to gold creek trail. or go left to go back to the car,which would be a short but sweet loop.
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Trail Information

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