Upper Dungeness River

An easy hike of 6.8 miles and 600 feet of elevation gain along a gentle grade in the woods that turns around at Camp Handy, a meadow with a shelter.

getting there

upper dungeness  river trailhead

From US 101 near Sequim Bay State Park, turn west onto Luella Road  and then left onto Palo Alto Road. In 6 miles, turn right onto Forest Road  2880 and then turn left onto Forest Road 2870 in 1.7 miles. In 9 miles, reach the large parking area just past the Dungeness River Bridge (2,500 ft).

lower dungeness river trailhead

From US 101 near Sequim Bay State Park, turn west onto Luella Road  and then left onto Palo Alto Road. In 6 miles, turn right onto Forest Road  2880 and then turn left onto Forest Road 2870. In 2.6 miles turn left onto Forest Road 2870-230 and continue 1.5 miles to the trailhead (1,600 ft). For other options see the Lower Dungeness River route/place.

on the trail

upper dungeness river

7 miles round trip with 600 feet of elevation gain

Hike south on the Dungeness Trail 3.5 miles with 400 feet of elevation gain to Camp Handy (3,100 ft). Extend your trip by continuing on up Dungeness River. It ends at Heather Basin, and added 8.4 round trip miles and 1,200 feet of elevation gain.

lower dungeness river

6.5 miles one-way with 900 feet of elevation loss

Hike north on the Dungeness Trail 6.5 miles to the Lower Dungeness trailhead (1,600 ft).

  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking, Day Hiking
  • Seasons: May, June, July, August, September
  • Weather: View weather forecast.
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 600 ft
  • 3,100 ft
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  • Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S
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  • Lower Dungeness River
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