Dungeness Spit

Sequim, Washington

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Dungeness Spit, the longest coastal spit in the continental United States, is a narrow peninsula of sand that extends almost 6 miles into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Because it juts so far out into a busy shipping lane, the place is a natural location for a lighthouse, and the one sitting near the end of the spit makes an excellent hiking destination at any time of year. The peninsula is protected as a national wildlife refuge, so it’s not surprising that there is also a lot of wildlife here to spot. Deer are extremely common along the short forest walk to the start of the spit, and birds are everywhere. You will see a wide variety of seabirds, and bald eagles are particularly abundant. Most visitors see several eagles during the course of their hike. The star attraction, however, is the lovingly restored and exceptionally photogenic lighthouse. Tours are provided by a group of dedicated volunteer lighthouse enthusiasts, and the views from the top of the tower are terrific.

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"Dungeness Spit, the longest coastal spit in the continental United States, is a narrow peninsula of sand that extends almost 6 miles into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Because it juts so far out into a busy shipping lane, the place is a natural location for a lighthouse, and the one sitting near the end of the spit makes an excellent hiking destination at any time of year.

The peninsula is protected as a national wildlife refuge, so it’s not surprising that there is also a lot of wildlife here to spot. Deer are extremely common along the short forest walk to the start of the spit, and birds are everywhere. You will see a wide variety of seabirds, and bald eagles are particularly abundant. Most visitors see several eagles during the course of their hike. The star attraction, however, is the lovingly restored and exceptionally photogenic lighthouse. Tours are provided by a group of dedicated volunteer lighthouse enthusiasts, and the views from the top of the tower are terrific."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sequim
Distance: 10.8
Elevation Gain: 125 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Spring-Fall
Accessibility: Kid-friendly

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