Dungeness Spit


Day Hike - Dungeness Spit

Experience the best hike in the Pacific Northwest at a favorable low tide providing firm footing both directions, passing abundant wildlife enroute to a historic lighthouse with free indoor and outdoor exhibits we can tour during our lunch break at a picnic table, with an indoor restroom nearby.

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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 9:30 AM at the kiosk at the trailhead in Dungeness Recreation Area, reached by turning right (north) from US 101 past Sequim onto Kitchen-Dick Road, continuing onto its bend to the right and then turning left onto Voice of America Road, continuing to its end at the Dungeness Spit parking lot.  Restrooms are located there.  Someone in each car must possess a National Park Pass during the hike.  It does not need to be displayed at the car.  If no one in the car has a National Park Pass, $3 must be placed in an envelope which is dropped in a slit in a metal post by the kiosk, after tearing off the stub, which is carried by the hiker. 

The first half mile of the hike is on a wide trail through a wilderness.  We stop at that point at a viewpoint overlooking the spit where there is a telescope and pictures can be taken.  The we have a gentle drop of 130 feet to the spit, where we hike five miles to the lighthouse.  An hour will be available at the lighthouse for lunch, using the restroom and touring the indoor and outdoor exhibits.  Visits to the light are limited to four at a time.  The return hike will be by the same route.  We likely will be back to the cars around 3 PM.

On the drive home, there will be the option for a refreshment stop in Sequim at the iconic and popular Hi-Way 101 Diner.  Carpooling should be organized to permit those wanted to stop there to be able to do so.


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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