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Dungeness Spit Trail

MODERATE 241 reviews

Dungeness Spit Trail is a 10.2 mile moderately 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

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

beach

views

wildlife

no shade

no dogs

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.

hiking
1 day 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

hiking
8 days 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.

hiking
22 days 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.

hiking
25 days 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.

hiking
1 month 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!

hiking
1 month ago

awesome hike at low tide

hiking
no shade
2 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.

hiking
2 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.

walking
2 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.

3 months ago

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

hiking
3 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.

4 months ago

10 miles walking in sand is harder than expected but still had a great time. amazing views on a clear day. all the volunteers are informative and friendly.

off trail
rocky
4 months ago

So beautiful! I definitely wouldn’t consider this to be a hiking trail- it’s more of a long walking trail. It took us a little over 4 hours to do almost 11 miles. All of the volunteers are super helpful and friendly :)

hiking
4 months ago

Sunny and awesome! Always enjoy hiking here!

hiking
rocky
5 months ago

Beautiful trail but very windy and cold. There are lots of rocks so my suggestion would be wear shoes with good soles.

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

Long & with unforgiving wind for 5 miles on the return.

recorded Dungeness Spit Trail

hiking
5 months ago

Great day on the Spit. Sunny with little wind, perfect at the Lighthouse. Got back just as the tide was coming in. It’s a wise idea to check the tide charts if you’re doing the trek to the Lighthouse

hiking
5 months ago

Wonderful, peaceful hike along the water. 4 hour round trip and even on a “busy” day, there is so much space between you and others that you feel like you are still alone with nature. Even just getting to the beach (20 minute walk from the parking lot) is worth visiting. Only when there is super high tide do you need to worry about difficulty, otherwise there’s plenty of walk way. Reaching the lighthouse itself is quite the accomplished feeling and worth an hour or two to explore and rest. Recommendation: go during May/June when the grass is great and not burned up near the lighthouse.

hiking
5 months ago

Ended up hitting the trail a little over an hour before low tide was forecast. Had a great walk. Saw a bald eagle and juvenile on the way out. The docents at the lighthouse were very accommodating, and the artesian well water was fantastic.

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

Tides got high and had to hike on the rocks. Still amazing!!

hiking
no shade
rocky
6 months ago

Great hike, stunning 360 degree views, weather was perfect. Watch the tides! if they are too high you are walking on uncomfortable rocks or worst, climbing over large driftwood trees. You don't want to do that. Lighthouse docents were very friendly and happy to see anyone that makes it out there.

walking
no shade
6 months ago

5 miles one way. nothing but sand and rocks. little shade to sit and take a break. if you get to the lighthouse they will give you a free tour and have fresh water though

hiking
no shade
rocky
6 months ago

A fun walk down to the lighthouse. Recommend taking a lunch down with you - the lighthouse area has tables for a nice meal. 5 miles down and back approximately

walking
no shade
rocky
6 months ago

So, it IS pretty. But it's 5 miles of exactly the same scenery, on loose beach rocks that slide around when you walk on them. You can't really look up all that much while walking or you'll slip around. It became a lot more of a slog than a nature walk should be.

6 months ago

This is awesome hike on the spit even if you don't go all the way to the lighthouse. We hiked about 5km one way and just enjoyed immensely sitting on the driftwood and watching the world go by. Saw eagles and a seal and of course lots of other birds. On a sunny day, amazing. much easier to walk during low tide so try to time it well.

6 months ago

This was a nice hike water side on the peninsula. Amazing views on a clear day. Make sure you dont get caught out on the beach part of the trail while the tide is rising, it could be hard to get back if your out too far towards the lighthouse. Definitely would recommend a visit if your in the area

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