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

Follow Highway 101 until you reach Sequim Bay State Park then turn left at Louella Road. Continue 0.9 miles to Palo Alto Road, then turn left.  Go another 4.6 miles and the road becomes Forest Road 28.  Follow FR 28 another 1.1 miles to FR 2880 and turn right.  Cross Dungness River to FR 2870, turn left and follow FR2870 for 2.7 miles to FR 2860. Turn right and go another 6 miles to reach the trailhead, Upper Dungeness Trail No. 833.

on the trail

Hike south on the Dungeness Trail 3.4 miles to Camp Handy.


  • 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.
  • This is also the trailhead for Royal Basin.
  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking, Day Hiking
  • Seasons: May, June, July, August, September
  • Weather: View weather forecast.
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 6.8 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 600 ft
  • 3,100 ft
  • Custom Correct Buckhorn Wilderness
  • Green Trails Tyler Peak No. 136
  • Red Marker
    47.877543, -123.136976
    47.8775427034 -123.136975765
  • Red Marker
    47.838338, -123.155301
    47.8383383735 -123.155300617

Upcoming Activities

CHS 2 Hike - Upper Dungeness River

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
An out-and-back along the Lower Dungeness River trail to Shelter Camp en route back to
Difficulty: Moderate
Sun, Apr 22, 2018
No Prerequisites
10 participants
Registration opens Mar 26
Seattle Branch
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