Dungeness Spit


Day Hike - Dungeness Spit

Experience the best hike in the Pacific Northwest during the lowest tide of the year, hiking 5.5 miles on a sandspit, passing abundant wildlife, enroute to an historic lighthouse offering free tours and museum exhibits of the lighthouse's history, with lunch at a picnic table on the lighthouse lawn and a nice, clean restroom in the lighthouse building, returning by the same route.

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 130 ft

Meet at 9 AM at the Dungeness Recreation Area trailhead kiosk by the parking lot at the rear of Dungeness Campground,  reached by driving through Sequim on US 101, turning right on Kitchen-Dick Road, where a large brown sign directs you to Dungeness Recreation Area.  Continue past where the road bends to the right and take the first left onto Voice of America Road, continuing past the entry booth, past the campground to the parking lot at the end of the road.

This is a rare opportunity to experience this magnificent sandspit during the most favorable tide, allowing more comfortable hiking both directions on dark, firm sand.  A variety of wildlife can be seen on this hike, including several species of birds and ducks, harbor seals, sea lions and an occasional orca.  Views up and down the Strait of Juan de Fuca include Port Angeles, Vancouver Island, the San Juan Islands and the Olympic Mountains.  There are close views of interesting ships traveling to and from Puget Sound.  Ample time will be allowed to tour the lighthouse and explore the historical exhibits in and around the lighthouse.  Because this area is in the shadow of the Olympics, annual rainfall is only half what it is in Seattle and rainy days are rare.  Restrooms are located at the trailhead and at the lighthouse.  During the two hour each way hike, opportunities will be provided for bathroom breaks behind beach logs.  Following the hike, there will be an optional refreshment stop at the popular Hiway 101 Diner in Sequim, which is noted for its 1950s theme.  Cars parked at the trailhead need to display a Federal Recreation Pass, which includes the Senior Pass and American the Beautiful Pass, or pay a $3 fee per car.  


Dungeness Spit

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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