Hike Dungeness Spit

Rate this Adventure Washington Dungeness Spit, WA

Added by Lisa Zook Sorensen

This is a relaxing and easy hike along the longest naturally occurring sand spit in the United States. The trail offers beautiful views of Dungeness Harbor and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Park at a the north side of the Dungeness Spit Recreation Area, in the Refuge parking lot. There is a kiosk at the Refuge where you can pay an entrance fee ($3) and check the Tide Table. Only attempt the hike at low tide or the sand spit becomes narrow and you have to climb over logs.

Follow the Refuge Trail for about 0.5 miles through a forest. You will come to an overlook where you can see the birds-eye view of the spit before heading down to the beach, 100 feet below.

At the end of the spit you will find the Dungeness Lighthouse, built in 1857. Reaching the lighthouse makes the beach hike 11-miles round-trip. If that sounds like too much, you can hike as far as you'd like and turn back anytime. You'll be able to take in the beautiful views from just about anywhere on the spit.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Boots/shoes appropriate for walking on sand and rocks
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Activities:

Chillin, Fitness, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

11 Miles

Elev. Gain:

130 Feet

Features:

Bathrooms
Beach
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Picnic Area
Scenic
Wildlife

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Added by Lisa Zook Sorensen

Enjoying the company of conifers | Ohio-born, Michigan-bred, North Carolina-educated, Seattle-settled.

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