Dungeness Spit

Sequim, Washington 98382

Dungeness Spit

Dungeness Spit Professional Review and Guide

"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."

More Dungeness Spit Professional Reviews and 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."

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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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125 feet
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5 hours

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Oct 2018