Jessica Patiently Waiting For Me To Finish Taking Photos.
Lower Dungeness River Trail, Olympic National Forest.


One thing to understand about me is that the moment I step foot across the trailhead line, agendas get erased from my mind. All the planning I do to this moment no longer mean a thing to me. I do not enter the wilderness to be a victim of agenda. We live our lives controlled by schedule and goals and my one escape is the wilderness. This is my place, my gateway, my access to future, past, and present.
One of the reasons I have found it difficult to keep my blog current is because I do not enter the backcountry, hurry home to stroke my ego and write about the places I’ve been. With gear, clothing, and weather most would shake their heads in disbelief at.
My social network is the twitter of wildlife. The call of the Varied Thrush that wakes me up in the morning and sings me to sleep at night. My google is the feel of a trail beneath my feet,  the searching of new experiences mother earth is willing to teach. My facebook is the personal time I spend with those I love and respect around a campfire.
Barefoot Jake learned about my lack of agenda during our hike across the Olympics last year. His social agendas don’t allow for us to hike together much anymore. I’m rather sad and sorry about that at times. He’s a wonderful hiking partner and if you ever get the chance to hike with him, do. You won’t regret it.
So it was, when I entered Gold Creek Trail on the 20th of April 2013. I had plans of hiking to Marmot Pass from the Lower and Upper Dungeness River Trail, out Tubal Cain Trail, then back to our vehicle on Gold Creek Trail.
Jessica and I stepped onto Gold Creek Trail and the plan was entirely altered. The decision was made to hike our loop backwards and as the adventure progressed very little of the original plan remained…


Turn onto the Louella Road near Sequim Bay State Park. In about one mile, turn left onto Palo Alto and follow to FS Road 2880 and turn right (¼ mile beyond the 28 Road).   After a steep descent you will cross a bridge and pass Dungeness Forks Campground. Go two miles, stay to the left onto FSR 2870 and go 2.4 miles. Turn left onto the 2870-230 spur and drive about 1.5 miles to the trailhead.
Palo Alto FSR 2880 Junction. Turn Right.
Dungeness Forks Campground.
Go Straight. Turning Right Takes You To Gray Wolf And Slab Camp.
Turn Left. Going Straight Takes You To Upper Dungeness River, Tubal Cain, Gold Creek,
Little Quilcene, Maynard Burn, & Silver Lakes Trails.
Lower Dungeness River & Gold Creek Trail Parking.
Forest Service Road Route to Lower Dungeness River / Gold Creek Trailhead.
Gold Creek Trail #830


Gold Creek Trail (#830) Route.


    • Miles: 7.2
    • Elevation: 1500 ft.
    • Trailhead: 47.93068 -123.0959
    • Parking: 47.93068 -123.0959
  • MAPS:
    • Custom Correct: Buckhorn Wilderness
    • Green Trails: Tyler Peak
    • USGS: Mt. Zion
  • AGENCY: Olympic National Forest
  • PERMITS: Northwest Forest Pass
    • Privy: No
    • Stock Ramp: No
    • Dogs: Yes
    • Horses: Yes
    • Bicycles: Yes




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Longway is the trail name for Tim Todd and is quite fitting due to the fact that every aspect of his life consist of taking the longest route and time to arrive. For Longway the journey is the destination.

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