Dungeness Spit

Trip

Day Hike - Dungeness Spit

Experience the best and most unique hike in the Pacific Northwest on a sandspit by a wildlife refuge to an historic lighthouse, with expansive views up and down the Strait of Juan de Fuca, including a variety of wildlife.

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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, reached from US 101 by turning right past Sequim onto Kitchen-Dick Road, signed to Dungeness Recreation Area.  After the road bends to the right, take the first left onto Voice of America Road.  Continue to the end of the road at the trailhead parking lot.  During the hike one person in each car must carry with them a National Park Pass or pay $3 in an envelope placed in a slot in a metal tube at the trailhead.  Carry the envelope stub with you as your pass.  There are men's and women's restrooms by the trailhead parking lot.

The first half mile of the hike is on a wide trail through a forest.  Then the hike descends 130 feet to the spit where we hike for five miles to the lighthouse, our lunch stop and turnaround point.  We will eat our trail lunch at picnic tables on a lawn, with an indoor restroom nearby in the lighthouse building.  There are historical exhibits to see on the spacious lighthouse grounds.  If covid 19 restrictions have ended, we will be able to see additional exhibits in the lighthouse building and tour the light four people at a time.

After we return to the cars, we will caravan to the Dungeness Campground to claim our three reserved adjoining campsites, where we will set up camp and then check out the view from the bluff facing west.  In the evening we will gather at one of the campsites for our camp dinner, followed by roasting smores over a campfire.  At sunset we can take the short walk from our campsites to the bluff trail to view it.

This day hike is part of the September 25-26 Dungeness Campground Car Camp, involving day hiking on Saturday to the Dungeness Light House and day hiking on Sunday on Hurricane Ridge.  Registration for the car camp is by registering for both related day hikes.  Anyone registering for  one or theday hikes must also register for the other and participate in the Saturday night encampment.  Compliance wiil be monitored by requiring leader permission for both day hikes.  A full description of the car camp is found on the Tacoma Branch Events Calendar.  

 

The first half mile of the hike is on a wide trail through a forest.  Then the hike descends 130 feet to the spit where we hike for five miles to the lighthouse, our lunch stop and turnaround point.  We will eat our trail lunch at picnic tables on a lawn, with an restroom nearby in the lighthouse building.  There are historical exhibits to see on the spacious lighthouse grounds.  If covid 19 restrictions have ended, we will be able to see additional exhibits in the lighthouse building and tour the light four people at a time.

After we return to the cars, we will caravan to the Dungeness Campground to claim our three reserved adjoining campsites, where we will set up camp and then check out the view from the bluff facing west.  In the evening we will gather at one of the campsites for our camp dinner, followed by roasting smores over a campfire.  At sunset we can take the short walk from our campsites to the bluff trail to view it.

This day hike is part of the September 25-26 Dungeness Campground Car Camp, involving day hiking on Saturday to the Dungeness Light House and day hiking on Sunday on Hurricane Ridge.  Registration for the car camp is by registering for both related day hikes.  Anyone registering for  one of the day hikes must also register for the other one and participate in the Saturday night encampment.  Compliance wiil be monitored by requiring leader permission for both day hikes.  A full description of the car camp is found on the Tacoma Branch Events Calendar.  

 

Route/Place

Dungeness Spit


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The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
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