Dungeness-Gold Creek Loop
Dungeness Trail
Key Info
2-3 of 5 (technical difficulty)
4 of 5 (physical difficulty)
19 miles total
3000' elevation gain
90% single track
10% fire road
47.9376 lat.
-123.09218333 long.


5/1/15- Reported access issues on Lower Dungeness and roads/parking lots—contact forest service for updated status: (360) 765 2200

How about a ride that has a little of everything? There’s smooth and wide, rocky and exposed, up and down(repeat), logging road climb, fast descents, remote location, rushing river, old growth, and some definite hike-a-bike(you can avoid most of this with a start variation). It begins with a roly poly up and down eventual descent to the Dungeness River. Once near the river you have some incredible old growth rain forest riding to a concrete bridge (the nominal half-way point). A logging road climb of over 1,000 vertical feet brings you to the Gold Creek Trail. This trail hugs the side of Dirty Face Peak – fast and smooth in places and very exposed in other spots, you’ll wish you had your seatbelt fastened. After some exhilarating downhills don’t think the climbing has stopped because this trail still has some steep short lungbusters ahead. Eventually you will start switchbacking down down down to the river and the road and the 1 mile(uphill) back to the car.

Trails are typically open from late March through November or later, depending on snowfall. Short sections may be muddy in winter and early spring. The Dungeness in the rainshadow of the Olympics, and may be dry when most other areas of Western Washington have showers.

Landowner is USFS Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal Ranger District, Quilcene.

The East Crossing trail segment (former FS2860 road) is proposed as an official system trail, which would allow its continued maintenance, and improvements at the Eddy Creek crossing. USFS will survey this proposal in 2012.

Trails are maintained entirely by volunteers with the Gray Wolf Trail Crew, Backcountry Horsemen of Washington, Pacific Northwest Trail Association, and Washington Trails Association.

Ride Reports

Down the Gold Creek Trail
Rode this with a buddy of mine who's been dragging me to ride on the peninsula for a while. Whoa, just learned what I've been missing out on! This trail is pure wilderness and yet you'll get close to a couple parking lots/trail heads about mid-way should anything happen. While there were a bunch of cars at each of the TH's (except for the Dungeness TH), we did not see anyone on the trail itself. C... Read more

Entire washout pictured. Photo taken from the start - people in distance are at the end
Short story: Trail is in good shape except for the washout described in other reports.  Washout isn't bad - about 100 feet total and you will have to carry your bike over one log then under another and climb up a steep bank(see photo).  Dirt road in is a washboard but easy for all vehicles. You can drive your car to within 100 yards of the old parking lot. The 3 O'clock Ridge approach t... Read more

Landslide at Lower Dungeness trailhead is still an issue, but you can drive throughRd #230 right up to the edge of parking lot and park along side of road. Bigger issue are the landslides near end of the trail itself.  You will need to hike over logs and rocks along the water to get back on trail.  WTA was working on fixing the trail this weekend, but were not actually working on t... Read more

Road #230 is closed because of a major landslide in the Lower dungeness/Gold creek trailhead area. The trailhead is taped off and does not look very safe with major cracks in the road and collapsed trees. We have left our car at the beginning of road 230 and rode down on bikes, entering the Dungeness trail about a mile above from the trailhead, where #230 is blocked by large boulders. Further up... Read more

Trail is in great condition, what a phenomenal ride. Read more