Dungeness Spit


Day Hike - Dungeness Spit

Experience the best hike in the Pacific Northwest during one of the lower tides of the year, having lunch at the historic lighthouse, at picnic tables, with a nice restroom nearby. Time is allowed to view all the historic exhibits there, before heading back by the same route.

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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 10:30 AM at the trailhead, reached from US 101, by turning right just past Sequim onto Kitchen-Dick Road, continuing past where it bends to the right and taking the first left onto Voice of America Road, which ends at the trailhead parking lot.  Someone from each car must carry with them on the hike a National Park Pass or stub from an envelope in which $3.00 is deposited at the trailhead. 

The hike starts out on a level trail through a forest for a half mile.  Then it descends 130 feet to the sandspit, which we hike 5 miles on to reach our lunch spot at the Dungeness Lighthouse.  We'll stay there an hour to allow time to see all the exhibits and for everyone to use the restroom before we return by the same route.  If the pandemic is over by this time, guided tours to the light may be resumed.  The low minus 1.02 tide will allow us to hike on firm sand both directions.

On the drive home, there will be an optional refreshment stop at the popular HiWay 101 Diner, which has outdoor table service.  


Dungeness Spit

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

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