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Upper Dungeness River

Olympic Peninsula


Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal
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6.8 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 3100 ft.


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The Upper Dungeness River trail is an easy stroll along a roaring river and among towering trees. It’s great for all ages (as long as the trail is snow- and ice-free), and the shelter at Camp Handy is a welcome and dry lunch destination on rainy days. The trail parallels the river during most of the journey, always within earshot and often in view.

The forest canopy is magnificent, with old growth Douglas-fir more than 200 feet high and hundreds of years old. The forest floor is no slouch either, with a green, mossy carpet and an array of fascinating fungi. The trail crosses the river at 2.6 miles and a junction at 3.2 miles takes you right to the Camp Handy shelter. This is a great turn-around spot for an easy day on trail.


Upper Dungeness River

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.8776, -123.1369 Open map in new window


Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

Dungeness (#833.2)

Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula (Romano – Mountaineers Books)

Upper Dungeness Trail #833.2 Forest Service PDF Map:

Buy the Green Trails Tyler Peak No. 136 map

Getting There

Head north on Highway 101 past Gardiner and Blyn. Roughly 1 mile north of Sequim Bay State Park, turn left on Palo Alto Road. Head south for 8 miles, then bear right onto Forest Service Road 2880. In 1.6 miles, bear left onto Forest Service Road 2870. Continue for 2.6 miles, bearing right at the Y in the road. Continue for 6.5 miles to the trailhead parking lot, located just across the bridge over the Dungeness River. There is a vault toilet at the trailhead.

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