Dungeness Spit

Sequim, Washington

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On this 9.4-mile out-and-back hike, you’ll walk a beach along the nation’s longest sand spit to a historic lighthouse. You can spot some of the 250 species of seabirds and harbor seals that call this national wildlife refuge home along the way, and climb to the top of the lighthouse for sweeping views over the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Puget Sound, Canada’s Vancouver Island, and beyond. Jutting like a delicate finger into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Dungeness Spit is a curious geographic oddity on the Olympic Peninsula’s north coast. Erosion transported by waves and currents from cliffs to the west and from sediments flowing down the Dungeness River have interacted over time to form this 6-mile-long sandy spit, the longest spit in the United States.
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Hiking Washington

by Ron Adkison & David Wortman (Falcon Guides)

On this 9.4-mile out-and-back hike, you’ll walk a beach along the nation’s longest sand spit to a historic lighthouse. You can spot some of the 250 species of seabirds and harbor seals that call this national wildlife refuge home along the way, and climb to the top of the lighthouse for sweeping views over the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Puget Sound, Canada’s Vancouver Island, and beyond.

Jutting like a delicate finger into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Dungeness Spit is a curious geographic oddity on the Olympic Peninsula’s north coast. Erosion transported by waves and currents from cliffs to the west and from sediments flowing down the Dungeness River have interacted over time to form this 6-mile-long sandy spit, the longest spit in the United States.

©  Ron Adkison & David Wortman/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sequim
Distance: 9.4
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Year-round, sunrise to sunset
Trailhead Elevation: 10 feet
Top Elevation: 10 feet
Local Contacts: Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge
Local Maps: USGS Dungeness
Driving Directions: Directions to Dungeness Spit

Recent Trail Reviews

4/24/2007
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Great winter beach walk. During the off season, you have the walk almost to your self. Pack a nice lunch and enjoy a relaxing break at the lighthouse. Only bummer is no dogs. In the colder months, there are typically lots of people at the very begining but only a few souls actually venture past the first mile marker. I have not done this hike in the summer.



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