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Gold Creek&Lower Dungeness

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 9

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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Latitude
47.94831606158684
Longitude
-123.10644149780273
Trail Directions
Drive US Hwy. 101 to Palo Alto Rd. 2 miles north of Sequim Bay State Park. Take Palo Alto Rd., which becomes Forest Service Rd. 28 at the Forest Boundary, and proceed on 28 to the junction with Rd. 2860. Turn onto 2860 and continue for about 3 miles to the Gold Creek Trailhead.
Trail Length
15 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Sequim
   


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Review Date
October 6, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: PoJo ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lower Big Quilicene
Dry Hill
Mt Mueller



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Review Date
August 31, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Qben ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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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Review Date
March 10, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: jkfull ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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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Review Date
August 18, 2004

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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1.00 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: drobertsrn ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
Any route you pick will be uphill.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
gibbs lake isn't to shabby. short but sweet.



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Review Date
May 11, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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4.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: WaStMTBR ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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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