Yak Trax or Microspikes Manditory on this hike. Please make sure you bring a pair along with you. Winter has started in the mountains and can make for slippery conditions.
Let's leave the mainland before the Thanksgiving Holiday to get in a little exercise. The weather in this area can be much drier than what is happening in Seattle area.
Weather, trail and road conditions can change daily this time of year so always check this site the morning of the event for any last minute changes or cancellations.
Please check in to see which hike - Upper may be inaccessible due to snow (although not all the time), Lower should be accessible. Expect to hike 6-8 miles RT and under 1000 feet of elevation gain - depending on conditions.
dogs allowed on leash
No pass required at Lower trail (doesn't say if one is required at Upper Trail _probably NW forest pass would be good to bring).
The Upper Dungeness Trailhttp://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/dungeness-river?searchterm=upper+dungeness
A delightful hike through ancient timber along the crystal-clear Dungeness River-save this one for a hot or rainy day. Quite possibly the easiest 3.4 miles of wilderness trail in the Olympics, the Upper Dungeness is ideal for introducing neophytes and youngsters to the backcountry. Handy dandy Camp Handy with its restored shelter provides cover on overcast days, allowing you to enjoy your lunch while droplets run down the cedar shingles.
The Lower Dungeness Trailhttp://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/lower-dungeness-river
travels through mostly conifer forests along the steep slopes of the Dungeness. You'll start very close to the rive rwith views of the lush valley floor but soon the trail starts to ascend to the steep valley walls.
This trail has a fair bit of elevation gain in the first half of the trail and passes through various stands of cedar, douglas fir and alder. You'll occasionally be offered views of the other side of the Dungeness Valley and even the snowy caps far up to the river headwaters.
The halfway point, you can't miss 3 o'clock ridge. It makes a good spot to stop for a snack and you'll enjoy views of the valley bottom, Dirty Face Ridge and Mt Townsend.
From US 101, take Palo Alto Road for about 7 miles to FR 2880. Turn right on FR 2880 and follow for 1.7 miles; it will descend and cross the Dungeness River then climb up on the other side. Turn left onto FR 2870 and follow for 2.6 miles, you'll then reach a fork in the road with a sign that indicates that FR2870 is to the right. Go left here and you'll descend to a parking lot near the river. Note: FR 2850 (leading to the trailhead from the FR 28 on east side of the river) has been decommissioned.