A Hike into the Salish Sea

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Hike a narrow 5-mile sand spit into the convergence of strait and sound where wildlife abounds.


Duration: 1 Days
Starts in: Your Seattle area location.
Ends in: Your Seattle area location.
Group Size: 1-4
Difficulty: 3/5


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Dungeness Spit is one of the world’s longest sand spits, gracefully curving 5 miles into the Salish Sea, where the Strait of Juan de Fuca ends and Admiralty Inlet to Puget Sound begins, climaxing at the historic New Dungeness Lighthouse.

The spit comprises the Dungeness Wildlife Refuge, where waterfowl and marine animals abound.

This adventure involves hiking on a sandy (and sometimes rocky) surface from the trailhead to the lighthouse in 10 almost entirely flat miles round-trip.

We'll time this adventure to take advantage of maximum low tides to expose more of the spit. In inclement or rapidly changing weather, or during high tides, it may be difficult or ill advised to complete the trip, but I will safely guide you along this stunning, unique shoreline.

This adventure begins with a 30-minute ferry ride from Colman Dock on Elliott Bay across Puget Sound to Bainbridge Island and then across Hood Canal on the world’s third-longest floating bridge to the Olympic Peninsula.

I provide a gourmet picnic lunch that we’ll enjoy on the grounds of the lighthouse. After completing the hike, you can enjoy an (optional) additional meal of Dungeness crab or other seafood at a historic restaurant on the return to Seattle.

We will also stop at the Jamestown S’Klallam Native Northwest Expressions art gallery on the way to or from the hike where you can see contemporary Salish and other Northwest Coast native arts and crafts--and perhaps purchase a reminder of your adventure.

Round-trip travel time: 5 hours (including 2 ferry rides) 

Hiking time: 5 hours 

Total time: 10 hours (11 hours with optional post-hike dinner) 

Best departure time: 7 a.m., depending upon tides 

Best season: April—October



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