Sadie Creek - Black Bear Run

Port Angeles, Washington (Clallam County)

Last Updated: 06/03/2019
3.7 / 5 ( 3 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 1.12 miles
Highest Elevation: 865 feet
Duration: About 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Port Angeles
Nearest Town w/ Services: Port Angeles
Official Road Name: 3040
Management Agency: Washington Department of Natural Resources
District: Olympic Region Office


Highlight: Sadie Creek - Black Bear Run
Black Bear Run is situated on DNR land in a 4x4 park called Sadie Creek Multi-Use Trail System. This park is a 6-mile network of tight and technical trails providing the user with a rustic off-road experience. There are four trails that weave through forests of varying ages and some clear-cut areas. Black Bear Run winds through the upper clear-cut section of the park. It consists of very tight turns protected by stumps and off-camber turns and dips. This trail requires serious attention to detail to keep your fenders intact. Be on the lookout for the Black bear sow and her cub that were spotted in this area at the time it was mapped, and who the trail is named for. The unobstructed views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Vancouver Island, BC are breathtaking on a bright sunny day. While this park may not be very large and only has four short trails, the trails are very tight and the presence of mud will make this a pretty difficult task for most vehicles no matter what the build.


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1. Trailhead - Start (0 mi)
The trailhead of this trail starts on waypoint 2 of trail Rainier Lane and continues uphill through the clear-cut dropping back down and crossing the 4x4 Service Road.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Port Angeles, Washington

From the Town of "Port Angeles, WA" go West on US-101 to SR-112, Turn right and head West on SR-112. Drive about 18.5 miles and look for the sign "Sadie Creek Multi-Use Trail System". The sign directs you to turn Left on FS Road 3040 (E.Twin River Rd). This part of the park contains the campground, a parking area for pull-vehicles and trailers. Also located on this side of SR-112 are the trails for motorcycles and 4-wheeler/razor type vehicles, there are no trails on this side for 4x4 jeep vehicles. The trail system for four-wheel vehicles is on the other side of SR-112 behind a locked gate. There is a qualifier on the right side to get around the gate and into the park. If you don't think you can negotiate this qualifier you probably don't want to try any of these trails. If your vehicle is more than 96 inches wide (measured from outside of front tires" then you are prohibited from using this trail system. From the qualifier drive the service road 1.05 miles to the trailhead entrance on the right. This is the trailhead for Rainier Lane, the trailhead for Black Bear Run is waypoint 2 on this trail, about 100 yards in.



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Michael Graham

Mapping Crew - Washington

Michael Graham is retired from the U.S. Army as an Infantry First Sergeant with 23 years of service. He did a tour in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He presently owns a Process Service Company in Tacoma. He is originally from Upstate New York but after being stationed in Washington knew immediately that this part of the county felt like home. He had a Jeep CJ5 as his first 4x4 but back in the 80's there wasn't a lot of hype and add-on parts as there are today. Building your rig is half the fun, making it your own style. He has actually found it to be an addiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest, in the Tacoma / Puyallup area and loves the sport of "wheeling" which allows access to so much more than a hiking trailhead. He enjoys organized rides and poker runs and the freedom and exploration this sport allows. Finding this website and authoring trail write-ups has really enhanced this sport for him. If you are new to the sport or just looking for someone to show you the trails he would love to hear from you.
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