Miller Peninsula and Thompson Spit Trail

OutAndBack • 5 mi • 360 ft

Explore a cool lush ravine that leads to a remote beach on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Walk along the shore under towering bluffs to a spit littered with drift logs and watched over by a battalion of eagles. Take in clear views of Protection Island, a bird sanctuary at the mouth of Puget Sound, difficult to see from most other shoreline points. Welcome to the Miller Peninsula, destined to become Washington’s next grand state park.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Gardiner
Length: 5 total miles
Elevation Gain: 360 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to moderate
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 300 feet
Top Elevation: 360 feet
Other Uses: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Sequim Bay State Park
Local Maps: USGS Gardiner
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This trail was very easy, but littered with bugs and mud. The day was fairly clear; clouds, no rain, dapples of sunshine, but not incredible alluring. We had lunch on the beach and enjoyed the view. Overall, it was not my favorite trail.

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