Dungeness Spit

Dungeness Spit is an easy, 11 mile round trip with just 130 ft in elevation gain. The spit is best hiked during low tide, and there is lots of good bird watching.

on the trail

A Low Tide of 1 foot or less (minus tide is even better) at the midpoint of your hiking day is recommended. Hike along a narrow piece of beach that leads to a lighthouse and views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The spit is a wildlife sanctuary and home to several species of bird.


  • Dungeness Spit is a National Wildlife Refuge. There are several regulations in place to allow public access to the Refuge while still protecting the plants and animals that need these resources to survive. Jogging is only allowed on the beach along the bluffs west of Dungeness Spit. Jogging is not allowed on the forested trails down to the Spit or on Dungeness Spit itself.  Only hiking, wildlife observation, photography, and fishing are allowed in the yellow zone. Review full rules and regulations on the land manager's website (link below).
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 130 ft
  • 130 ft
  • USGS Dungeness

Upcoming Activities

CHS 2 Hike - Dungeness Spit

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
CHS hike led at a CHS 2 pace (2.0-3.0 mph)
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Apr 22, 2023
No Prerequisites
8 participants
Registration opens Mar 22
Seattle Branch
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