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greenBlue Dungeness Spit

  4.2 ( 11 ) Favorite

Trail

10.8 mile 17.4 kilometer out and back
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 131' 40 m
Descent: -131' -40 m
High: 131' 40 m
Low: 8' 3 m

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Max Grade: 25% (14°)

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Trail shared by Tom Robson

A great beach trail out Dungeness Spit, with a historic lighthouse at the end.

Tom Robson

Features Birding · Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly Kids will love simply strolling along this awesome beach. You don't have to go far!

Running or "jogging" is not allowed on the Spit. Running is only allowed on the beach along the bluffs west of Dungeness Spit. It is not allowed on the forested trails down to the Spit or on Dungeness Spit itself. Only hiking, wildlife observation, photography, and fishing are allowed.

Overview

This route offers a lovely beach hike, complete with a lighthouse near the end.

Need to Know

$5, or so, fee to enter.

Description

This is a great longer loop for early morning views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. On clear days, Vancouver Island can be seen across the water, providing a peaceful view of our Canadian neighbors.

Try to head out at low tide, as the wet sand is much easier, and much more fun to move on than the soft dry sand or cobblestones. Be sure you don't travel too far to the inside of the spit, stay on the seaward side, as the inside is closed for bird nesting. While the closures might restrict some recreational activities, the bird watching can bring its own reward. Over 250 species have been recorded on the spit, so bring your binoculars!

Flora & Fauna

Sand pipers, bald eagles, and other seabirds can all be seen in the area.

History & Background

The New Dungeness Light (lighthouse on the end of the hook) is a functioning aid to navigation on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, located on the Dungeness Spit in the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge near Sequim, Clallam County, in the U.S. state of Washington. It has been in continuous operation since 1857, although the current lighthouse tower is 26 feet shorter than the original tower.

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Jul 7, 2019
Hank D
Jul 1, 2019
Marie M
May 9, 2019
Nicole Bauer
Jan 14, 2019
Alaina Scherer
Oct 7, 2018
Deirdra Parker
Made it to the light house both girls too 10.8mi
Jul 8, 2018
Katina Hester
Jun 21, 2018
Calan Simpson
Didn’t finish the whole hike due to time constraints but the area is absolutely lovely and a natural wonder. 2mi
Mar 28, 2018
Henry Goldstone

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  4.2 from 11 votes

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