Lower Dungeness Trail - Gold Greek Trail
Difficulty: Lots of hard climbs, moderate to highly technical
Location: Trailhead is 14.5 miles south of Sequim. Drive the Palo Alto Road, 2 miles north of Sequim Bay State Park on US Highway 101, to F.S. Road #28 and continue to the intersection with F.S. Road #2880. Continue on #2880 for 2 miles. Turn left at #2860. Road is blocked 1 mile from trailhead. Park at road closure and walk FS Road #2860 to trailhead.
Description: The #1 Classic Mountain Bike ride in the Olympics. This difficult 18 mile combination 2 trail goes up and down the beautiful old growth covered Lower Dungeness trail, along relatively hard single track for 6.3 miles. One then rides 3.5 miles up FS road #2825 to the top of Gold Creek Trail, which shares the parking lot with the Tubal Cain Mine Trail. Gold Creek looses over 2,000' in elevation in only 6.4 miles. It is a narrow single-track that has some exposed cliff edges, a couple of root drop-offs and a couple of short loose rocky sections. This trail is not for timid beginners - be careful. It is also open to hikers, motorcycles and horses.
The Gold Creek Trail is not entirely downhill, with some short steep climbs periodically, and ultimately ending at the Gold Creek Shelter and back to the beginning of the loop on FS Rd #2950. The full loop takes between 3-4 1/2 hours.
Instead of riding up the Lower Dungeness Trail, some people ride 3 1/2 miles up to the FS #2950 Road to Three O'clock Ridge (from the bottom of the Gold Creek Trail/Dungeness River Bridge), where there is a hard to spot connector trail 1/2 way up the Lower Dungeness Trail. There are others that ride on the FS #2950 Road to #2825, and then to the top of the Gold Creek Trailhead. And then there are others that drive to the top of the Gold Creek and shuttle car back up.
Olympic National Forest
North Hood Canal Ranger District
Quilcene, WA 98376
Distance: 18 miles total loop
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