Gold Creek&Lower Dungeness - TRAIL

Gold Creek&Lower Dungeness - Trail, Sequim, Washington

From the Gold Creek Trailhead continue up Rd. 2860 for 1/4 mile. On left is Lower Dungeness trailhead. Take Lower Dungeness trail until it intersects with the road. Turn left at this junction and go across the river. Climb up the road for about 2-3 miles and look for the Gold Creek Trailhead on the left. Go down Gold Creek Trail to your car.

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Chad   [Oct 05, 2014]
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PoJo   Weekend Warrior [Oct 06, 2008]

I often ride this trail 10 plus times a year because of its proximity to my home and it is a favorite of mine. Yes it does require some fitness to do, so don't be alarmed by the hills you encounter. This trail is doable 9-10 months out of the year and provides some of the best single track around. I can usually count the number of people I see the whole year on this trail in single digits! The views are spectacular and the twisty exposed downhills on Gold Creek are a Kick. This is a character testing trail so don't bring a complainer or someone that prefers to mostly go down! IF you are flying it will take you just under three hours, but more likely give yourself 4-5 for your first time.

Customer Service

If you want to skip some of the painful burn of this trail then skip the lower three miles of the Lower Dungeness and drop into it at three o'clock ridge! e-mail me if you have questions!

Similar Products Used: Lower Big Quilicene
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Qben   Cross Country Rider [Aug 31, 2007]

The directions to this trail are incomplete and misleading. Hopefully the ones below are more helpful. This is a wonderful trail with a great feel and awesome views. It is well worth a several hour drive, but consider staying at least one night to ride some of the other trails in the area.

Customer Service

The directions to this trail are incomplete and misleading. I hope these ones are more helpful: Take Palo Alto Rd from Hwy 101 near Sequim. Follow it until it turns into a FS road. You will see a sign on the right for Dungeness area trails and Dungeness Forks campground. Follow this road. It is FS road 2880, although it may not be marked. You will come to an intersection with FS rd 2870 (this also may not be labeled, but is the next major intersection). Stay to the left here. Go about 2 1/2 miles to a Y and stay left again (this is not labeled). Follow this road until it ends. You can park here and find both the Gold Creek and the Lower Dungeness trailheads. Take the Lower Dungeness trail until it comes out at a road with a large parking lot and a bridge over the Dungeness River. Ride the road across the bridge and about 3 miles up to find the Gold Creek trailhead on the left. It is across from another parking lot with the Tubal Cain trailhead on the Right. Take Gold Creek trail back down to your car.

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David Williams   Racer [May 13, 2007]

This trail is EPIC. I would not go without a Topo map or a friend who has ridden it. But man, this trail is an absolute mind bender. It is very very difficult. The first 2.5 miles from the trail head are the worst,Incredibly steep switchbacks and dragonsback climbs right off the bat. If you can get through those without discouraging you are good to go- I think some of the best Is the descent from where the 3 oclock ridge trail hits in (heading upstream) towards the road. Even though its techincally in the climb portion of the ride. Gold Creek trail is a crazy descent, but you definetly need to keep it under control if its your first time down, its very dangerous and exposed. If you want a challenge, try to do this ride in under 2 hours.

Customer Service

Start at Lower Dungeness trailhead, and head uphill on lower dungeness trail 833. Take a left after 6.5 miles at the forest road and cross the river rideup the road for 4 miles to the gold creek trail and descend back to the car.

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5
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jkfull   Cross Country Rider [Mar 10, 2005]

Despite what you may be reading in these other forums this is an excellent trail. It is extremely difficult due to the steepness of the trail climb on the lower Dungeness trail, the combination of an additional 1500' road climb to the Gold Creek trail descent and multiple "character test" climbs on the descent. I like to call this the M.C. Escher ride because it does kind of feel like you are going uphill all day. The location on the lee side of the Olympic mountains offers an extended riding season April - November and sometimes year round in light snow years. This is rare for an alpine ride of this magnitude. The views after you finish the initial 3.0 mile climbe on the Dungeness trail of the valley and river are magnificant, but there is a certain amount of time in "the Pain Cave" that must be endured. If you catch it right (May-June) you may be rewarded by starting your descent on The Gold Creek trail through a BLOOMING rhodadedron forest. Yes it's a tough ride with LOTS of climbing, but what better way to guage your pre and post-season fittness levels. The only reason i didn't give it a % was because of the road riding in the middle. My brother and I flashed the ride on my 30th B-day for a PR of 2 hrs 45 min. but most people will take between 3-6 hrs to complete, so plan ahead. Enjoy.

Customer Service

Since road to base of Gold creek loop is washed out. Park at trail head of Lower Dungeness trail. Ride up trail 6.0 miles to where it crosses Dungeness River on road, short (1-2 mi) road descent followed by 1500' (3-4 mile road climb) reach Gold Creek Trail on left. Follow trail down / up / down /up .....to road at bottom (approx. 9 mi). left on road and short .5 mile climb back to car / start. Bring lots of food and water and a positive attitude.

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drobertsrn   Weekend Warrior [Aug 18, 2004]

This is one of the rides where you must like climbing and nothing else. It seems like you conitnuously go uphill with small periods of downhill. Also, very tight in some sections, one false move and you're down a cliff. Overall, not worth the effort unless you like to climb. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind hiking and biking uphill but I want a reward for doing it, nothing here. I gave this ride a 2 becuase it has some great views of the valley but am never going back.

Customer Service

Any route you pick will be uphill.

Similar Products Used: gibbs lake isn't to shabby. short but sweet.
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2
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WaStMTBR   Weekend Warrior [May 11, 2004]

Once a month is not a good descriptor. The first time I came out here I discovered that the FS roads were not so easy to follow, poor signage and a few cross roads with no signs at all. I went back my second time last week, these trails are AWESOME but it seems that there are variances in every map you find on the net so I ride with a GPS and track my way just in case..there are plenty of trails though where your GPS unit will NOT have a clear view of the sky. I've met other riders there and all are friendly. There have been recent acts of vandalism against cars parked at the Tubal Cain Trail head..and although the tubal cain trail is hiking only the parking lot also serves as access to the gold creek trail so be carefull. I am a moderate rider not afraid of much, there are some serious climbs here, great downhill sections, great FS road sections, river crossings, mud, ahh yes northwest mt. biking at it's finest and the scenery is second to none. you have to be prepared for a workout and remember that your in the Olympic national Forest..check the weather before riding in transitionary months. I look forward to exploring these trails all summer and I'ts a road trip for me..it's also a good idea to download some USGS topo's of the area. If you can find someone who knows the trails here..you'll have a great time. ENJOY :-)

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ioscope   Cross Country Rider [Jul 29, 2003]

I rode this in July 2003. My first word of advice is to talk to a local, shop, or fs ranger before going riding. My mt. bike trails book was grossly inaccurate and vague. For instance, "Because the Olympic range gets so much year round precipitation, it is difficult to predict when this trail is suitable..." We met another person who had a hiking with dogs book, and it was also wrong. written and revised in 2002, the book misstated a roads accessibility. It had been washed out for 5+ years.

Customer Service

Take the fire roads up. Our group decided to go out and back up the trail. We were not very wise in that decision. A large group of old guys on a steep, hot trail, interspersed with unrideable log crossings slowed us down. The first few miles are so bad that you almost have to walk. riding would be possible, but difficult.

Similar Products Used: Go poach some trails at staircase ranger station, they are better.
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Jimi Surf   [May 28, 2000]

Lower Dungeness trail is washed out in at least three areas. You will have to traverse the washouts (stay high, avoid the temptation to go low through the washout). The rest of the trail is in pretty good shape. Since the road is closed, the trail is getting very little use. In fact, during the entire ride I didn't see anyone. There are some minor tail obstacals on Gold creek, but nothing too bad.

The Trails themselves are relively non-technical, but fairly strenuous with lots of climbing. Both trails have decent downhills where you can get alot of speed going. I took it kind of easy, due to the condition of the trail. Gold Creek has some good switchbacks at the end of it as you make your way back down to the river. The trail over gold creek is washed out, so you will need to hike across a log to reach the road.

Overall, this ride is great right now because no one is on it. It's actually a little weird travelling along the washed out roads that are becoming grown over. The trails are not difficult as long as you don't mind steep climbs. You might even want to try riding these trails in reverse (Gold Creek first) only because the wash outs will be easier to cross going downhill. That said, the route is better for downhills the way it's described (Gold Creek will be mostly uphill when ridden first).

Customer Service

The above route will get you there, with the exception that at the moment the road is washed out . You will have to park 3 miles up the road from the Gold Creek trailhead and cycle down.

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local guy   [Jul 08, 2001]

This trail is a trail of deception. You think since you climbed all the way up on the road (a grind in the hot summer sun) it would be all downhill on the way down. The trail winds up and away from the river so you actually climb on the way down. When it does go down it is fast and fun. This trail is not too technical but a lot of fun and a good workout. The total mileage is probably closer to 18. This an excellent trail.
Enjoy

Customer Service

road 2860 is washed out. You need to go to the Dungeness Forks campground and take the next left. The road will lead you back to 2860. Drive to lower trailhead. Ride the road up and take the trail back down.

Similar Products Used: Gold Creek, Lower Big Quilcene River trail
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