20th Anniversary - Tubal Cain Trail

Hood Canal Ranger District

This work party starts at 8:30AM
Sat, Sep 14 to Sun, Sep 15, 2013


Rhododendron-covered Tubal Cain trail. By Eric Jain

Come celebrate the 20th anniversary of WTA's trail maintenance program! Olympic Peninsula. This trail was built in the 1920's for access to the Tubal Cain Mine and Tull City. We'll spend the weekend keeping this historical trail in shape with a little trail maintenance (anything from brushing, creating drainage or clearing the trail of debris). One project we may tackle is improving a ford across a tricky creek crossing. You may even have the chance to view one of the many mining relics along this route that leads to the Marmot Pass Trail. There is an optional Saturday evening BBQ/potluck and camping for Saturday night if you want to make a weekend of it.

The Tubal Cain Mine was first developed in the 1890's. The original trail was built in the 1920's at a length of 14 miles. Since then, logging has shortened the trail considerably. In June and July the flowers are spectacular. At 3 miles one can find an old mine shaft. The old town of Tull City was at 3.5 miles along with the main mine operation. There are many old mining relics. The trail continues to an eventual junction with the Marmot Pass Trail at 8.75 miles.

Driving directions:
The Tubal Cain trail starts approximately 21 miles south of Sequim on Forest Service Road #2870. Follow Highway 101 toward Sequim Bay State Park. Just before you get to the State Park turn left onto Louella Road. Follow Louella Road one mile to Palo Alto Road. Take a left onto Palo Alto Road, continuing for about 6 miles to the Forest Boundary. Turn right onto Forest Service Road #2880 following the signs for Dungeness Forks Campground/Dungeness Area Trails. Drive for almost 2 miles, going past the Dungeness Forks Campground, coming a “T” intersection where #2880 joins FS road #2870. Continue straight through this “T”, noting the possible traffic from the right, onto FS road #2870. Follow #2870 up the hill, continuing for about 8.5 miles to the Upper Dungeness trailhead across the Dungeness River bridge. Continue on #2870 for another 3 to 4 miles to the Tubal Cain trailhead on the right. (If coming from the east side of the Sound, take Edmonds to Kingston ferry. Drive across the Hood Canal Bridge on US 104 for about 14 miles merging into Hwy 101 northbound to Sequim. Driving time from Seattle, including ferry: approximately 3.5 hours.)


GPS coordinates are only approximate, please always use the written driving directions when trying to find a trail head

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