Total distance: 3.13 mi
Max elevation: 69 ft
Total climbing: 289 ft
Total descent: -282 ft
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  • The Dungeness Trails Perimeter Loop is a 3.1 mile trail that traces the outer boundary of the main section of the property.  Easily accessed at either gate, it’s overall rating is intermediate because of the technical challenges posed by stretches of twisty single-track with sharp turns, rocks and tree routes.  It also involves  more than 280 feet of climbing and a steep descent.  The route indicated on the map starts and ends just inside the north gate to the property, but you can also start at the main entrance to the south where there is a parking area and an information kiosk; both entrances are marked by yellow gates easily visible from River Road.

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    Dungeness Trails North Gate

    Starting from the north gate entrance, the trail heads north through scrub and harvested timberland before angling sharp left to parallel the northern boundary fence. Along this part of the route you’ll see some side trails to the north; do not take these as they enter private property. At about the half-mile mark, continue west crossing over the northern end of the Highland irrigation ditch on a rustic wooden bridge. Just after crossing the bridge, the Perimeter Trail turns right at a signed junction; going straight puts you on the Cross-cut.

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    Highland Ditch bridge on Perimeter Trail

    At the park’s northwest corner, bear left to stay on Perimeter, which turns south following the ridge above the Dungeness River.  Alternatively here you can bear right and pick up Bluff’s Edge which parallels Perimeter to the west, right on the very edge of the bluff.  Continuing south, the trail moves from harvested scrubland into shaded woods with the sounds of the river below, a few wider, flat segments and longer winding ones through rock-strewn, route-bound single track that can be daunting for the inexperienced.

    At about one mile the trail breaks out from mature woods into a more open area.  Turn right where at the signed trail junction continuing south and ducking back into the woods a bit further on.  In roughly a quarter-mile the trail again leaves the woods, emerging into a wide open area under power lines.  As soon as you leave the woods, bear right on a small trail that leads to an overlook and vistas of the Olympics; this is the western terminus of Power Line Express.  Continue south along the ridge line where the trail again becomes narrow single-track with lots of rocks and roots.

    At the next signed trail junction, you can take the easier option, going straight on Bullwinkle’s Way to Olympic View or follow Perimeter by turning right down a steep, narrow downhill on loose dirt at about mile 1.5.  This descent is not for beginners!  The narrow run-out at the bottom is between two large rocks and hitting either one of those at speed will do severe damage to your bike and to you. From here, continue south (avoiding side trails that dead-end at the river’s edge) though woods and fern groves to a left turn at mile 2.  If you go straight (on Salmon Run) at this trail junction you’ll soon enter Jamestown S’Klallam tribal lands where salmon habitat is being restored; please enjoy with respect and follow the fairly obvious, though unmarked, half-mile loop that circles around the perimeter of the tribal land and re-connects with the southern end of the Perimeter.  Very soon after making the left to stay on Perimeter, go right or straight at the signed junction to reach the southern end of Olympic View. Take Olympic View (an old logging trace road), heading north to the junction with Power Line Express.

    Turn right (east) on Power Line Express to pick up the northeastern part of the Perimeter at a the information kiosk near the southern gate.  woods, new growth, and harvested scrub land to the north gate, completing the loop.

     

     

  • Region: Northeast
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