Dungeness Spit Trail is a 10.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sequim, Washington that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 10.2 miles Elevation Gain: 137 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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beach

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Note: Lighthouse is currently CLOSED but grounds still open. Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge provides a great place to check out waterfowl and seabirds on the coast. First things first: this is an epically long hike on sand. It doesn't appear to be so bad from the start, but the spit is deceptively long. That said, it's a great way to spend a nice day. The nice part is that you can turn back at any point, there are no monumental landmarks along the way that you'll miss if you don't make the end. That doesn't mean there is nothing to see, however. The beach is a combination of fine sand and large cobbles - with enough variation in color and composition to keep it interesting. There are plenty of cairns constructed, seemingly, just for the sake of building cairns. The Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge and Dungeness Bay provide a sheltered area for thousands of seabirds and waterfowl, be sure to bring your guidebook to identify them. And, as always, the flotsam of the Pacific Ocean is washed up onshore - including unique beach glass and fishing floats among the ubiquitous plastic shards.

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8 days ago

Open and not too busy for a sunny Sunday hike. I got there around 11am about 20 cars, back at 2pm about 30 cars. I logged 12 miles from the start of the upper trailhead to the tip of the spit and back. Easy terrain all sand, paved path from parking to beach with slight incline, no real skill and technique required. Nice ‘hike’ for kids, lots of wildlife, I saw a few sea lions swimming near shore and lots of different birds and sea creatures plus beautiful green/blue water to wade in. Easy to maintain social distancing as the beach is well over 6 ft wide. Entrance fee is currently still waived.

Lighthouse closed but grounds still open. Long hike along sandy trail. Nice views of olympics and the ocean.

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10 days ago

This was a very nice outing last weekend for Mother’s Day. Clear of day as you can get could see Olympics, Canada and Mount Baker. We went about 1/4 of the way but just about any place you stop is great. Make sure to bring binoculars spotted several seals and sea lions

23 days ago

Very pretty hike!

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2 months ago

We drove out on March 26 and the park is completely closed to the public.

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2 months ago

The lighthouse and restroom are closed. There is water and picnic tables. Currently the access fee is waived. There are lighthouse keepers for questions. Time your trip to arrive near low tide. Allow 4-5 hours to walk out and back.

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2 months ago

The trail can be spectacular if timed right: 1. The area is highly affected by the weather of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, plan ahead and pack your layers. 2. Tides are also a huge consideration as high tide has you walking a loose sand and rock path that will almost double the normal time to do a mile. The total distance out is five miles took me (experienced) almost two hours to complete. Low tide gives you a firmer sand to walk on at a normal rate. Epic views of the Cascades, Olympics and Vancouver Island in a panoramic layout. Challenging but well worth the slog. NO DOGS allowed

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3 months ago

Quick downhill to start and then miles of beach hiking with stellar views

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3 months ago

Good hike for your easy hike mood.

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

I hiked to the lighthouse and back last summer as I was preparing to hike the West Coast Trail and wanted to get some experience hiking a beach. it was a good day, but I was chased by the rising tide on my way back. Watch the tides, or you can get pushed up into the drift logs as the tide comes in.

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rocky
5 months ago

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7 months ago

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7 months ago

Really great adventure. I was advised to watch the tides. Definitely made a difference walking on hard sand vs soft. Bear in mind walking on sand is very different from the forest trail. Definitely worth the extra energy

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7 months ago

Interesting walk with nice views. Unfortunately it is a very long hike to get to the lighthouse and the views don't change much.

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8 months ago

Try for low tide, we went at high. Very pretty and short or as long as you want it. Slow going beach trekking. Great for a quick picnic.

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8 months ago

This was a fun hike and very interesting to learn how the land, trees, and rocks got there. This trail is as easy as walking the beach for the most part and seems to be a moderate due to lenght.

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8 months ago

We went at high tide so we had to walk on the rocky part. Lots of fun saw a bald eagle. Make sure and plan to take the lighthouse tour, we almost missed it but the lighthouse keepers were so awesome and let us in late. Be prepared to walk on sand! Hiking boots were nice to have but running shoes also work fine. Bring snacks, it takes longer than you think!

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8 months ago

awesome hike at low tide

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9 months ago

Great walk at low tide, much less enjoyable nearing high tide. Tons of wildlife viewing opportunities. Be aware, no running is allowed on this trail, so do not plan to jog. Unique and gorgeous views.

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9 months ago

Mixed sun and cloudy day was just about perfect. Fair number of visitors on the beach but not too many trekking to the light house. Travel at low tide if possible, soft sand is not a lot of fun to walk for 5 miles.

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9 months ago

Beautiful beach and the walk through the woods was wonderful. The path on the way back up can be slightly difficult for people with asthma, but it was worth it to explore the area

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9 months ago

Great walking trail. Only one spot of a hill on the way back for a few minutes that is steep. Tide was really low so was able to walk on the beach all the way there and back. If the tide gets too high, the sand is thick and hard to walk on. There is no shade. It was the perfect sunny/overcast day with a cool breeze. Each week different people are able to sign up and be caretakers of the Lighthouse. It sounds like the caretakers Home kitchen has all the items needed and more for cooking up meals. You have to bring your food and clothes. Each day you have a list of chores. Place is beautiful. The view from the lighthouse is amazing. There are picnic tables to eat your picnic lunch, green grass, lighthouse tour, toilet and water to fill up your water bottle. 10 miles. Took 5 hours with an hour to stop and eat, chat and tour the lighthouse.

11 months ago

amazing views on a clear June day. The staff is super friendly and knowledgeable.

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11 months ago

Wonderful! I’ve hiked out to the lighthouse 3 times, and every time offered a different experience. Bring a jacket, even if you don’t think you need one. I suggest putting an extra pair of socks in your backpack as well. Food, water & sunscreen too, of course.

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