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Dungeness Spit

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


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10.8

Miles

17.4

KM

Out and Back

131' 40 m

High

8' 3 m

Low

131' 40 m

Up

131' 40 m

Down

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Avg Grade (0°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

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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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Tom Robson

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Flying solo
Aug 27, 2015 near Sequim, WA
Dungeness Spit Lighthouse
Aug 27, 2015 near Sequim, WA
Just some of the birdlife and driftwood along the spit.
May 1, 2017 near Sequim, WA
The Dungeness Spit extends far into the Strait of Juan De Fuca.
Jun 26, 2017 near Sequim, WA
Driftwood along Dungeness Spit
Sep 18, 2016 near Sequim, WA
The view down to Dungeness Spit.
Sep 18, 2016 near Sequim, WA

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