Dungeness Spit


Day Hike - Dungeness Spit

Experience the best hike in the Pacific Northwest during a favorable tide, permitting firm footing both directions for our hike. At the lighthouse we have our lunch at a picnic table, with an indoor restroom nearby, and have a free tour of the indoor and outdoor exhibits, including the light.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 130 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 130 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

Meet at 10 AM at the trailhead kiosk, by the trailhead parking lot.  A National Park Pass needs to be carried by one of every four hikers.  No pass need be displayed by the cars in the parking lot.  Any car not possessing a National Park Pass must pay a $3 fee, which is placed in an envelope and dropped in a slot in a metal tube.  The parking lot is reached from US 101 west of Sequim by turning right onto Kitchen-Dick Road, following around on its bend to the right, turning left on Voice of America Road and following it to its end at the parking lot.

The hike begins on a wide half mile trail through a forest canopy.  At a viewpoint where the trail starts heading down to the sandspit, we will stop for pictures at a viewpoint overlooking the spit and then descend 130 feet to the spit to begin the five mile hike along the spit to the lighthouse.  There we will have an hour to eat lunch at a picnic table, use the restroom, take the tour of the light and explore the indoor and outdoor exhibits located there.  Then we return by the same route.  The only elevation gain is the 130 feet evenly graded rise from the spit to the bluff.  Restrooms are located both at the trailhead and the lighthouse.  Bathroom breaks on the hike would need to be behind a log on the beach.  The hike usually takes about two hours each direction.  We are likely to be back at the cars around 3:30 PM.

Following the hike, there is the option for a refreshment stop at the iconic Hiway 101 Diner in Sequim, which has good food, good service and a 50's decor, including a juke box constructed from the rear end of a 1957 Thunderbird.  


Dungeness Spit

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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