Dungeness Spit Trail

Old Town, Washington

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No need to head all the way to the Pacific if it’s a good beach hike you seek. One of Washington’s best saltwater strolls is along its “north coast,” the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Actually, this hike heads directly into the strait on the longest coastal spit in the continental United States. A narrow strip of sand, dune, and beached logs, the Dungeness Spit protrudes over 5 miles straight into the strait. Prone to breaching during storms, the spit is also resilient and well-established—and well-hiked and loved by those who explore it.
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by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

No need to head all the way to the Pacific if it’s a good beach hike you seek. One of Washington’s best saltwater strolls is along its “north coast,” the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Actually, this hike heads directly into the strait on the longest coastal spit in the continental United States.

A narrow strip of sand, dune, and beached logs, the Dungeness Spit protrudes over 5 miles straight into the strait. Prone to breaching during storms, the spit is also resilient and well-established—and well-hiked and loved by those who explore it.

© 2016 Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Old Town
Distance: 11
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 130 feet
Top Elevation: 130 feet
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge
Local Maps: USGS Dungeness
Driving Directions: Directions to Dungeness Spit Trail

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