Dungeness Spit Lighthouse
Near Sequim on Washington's Olympic Peninsula ...
Dungeness Spit is just a short hike from the
entrance to the Dungeness National Wildlife
Refuge. It is located just north of Sequim,
Washington on the Olympic Peninsula.
If you enjoy the beach and love beautiful
mountain views, then you will love this area, as
Washington's Olympic Peninsula offers this
and much more.
In August we left 100 degree temperatures in
Texas to spend some time in this beautiful
area. We were greeted with beautiful sunny
days in the low 70's, which was ideal for
enjoying this wonderful area.
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|From the entrance to the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, an easy, paved, half mile trail leads visitors
through the thick forest to an overlook above Dungeness Spit. From here there is a beautiful view through the
trees of the lighthouse with a view of Mount Baker in the background.
The trail continues down a fairly steep hill through the forest and at the bottom opens up to the beach. Once
you reach the bottom it is about 5 miles hiking along the beach to get out to the lighthouse. If you decide to
undertake this journey please keep in mind that you also need to hike back (11 miles round trip). So, be sure
and plan ahead and make sure you have plenty of time, that you are physically able, and have snacks, water
and whatever else you may need for the journey. It would also be good to check the tide schedule for the
area, as the walk is easier during lower tides when you can walk on firmer ground instead of being forced to
travel along the more rocky areas, driftwood or rougher terrain when the water is higher. Daily tours are
offered at the lighthouse by volunteers of the New Dungeness Lighthouse Association from 9:00 AM to 5:00
PM. Be sure and verify the schedule and get any other information you may need from the Ranger when first
entering the wildlife refuge.
The town of Sequim is a good place to stay while exploring this area. Sequim and the area around it has a
population of around 30,000, and is located along the Dungeness River near the base of the Olympic
Mountains. Port Angeles is another possibility. It is a little larger than Sequim, but further to the west. However,
it would still work well for exploring this area, along with others on the Olympic Peninsula.
Washington State has many beautiful, unspoiled areas. The Olympic Peninsula is particularly magnificent
because it combines both the beauty of the ocean and beaches with breathtaking mountain scenery. If you are
an outdoor enthusiast you definitely won't be disappointed, as this area has so much to offer. There are many
places to explore on the Olympic Peninsula, but if you are near Sequim be sure and take the time for a short
day trip out to the Dungeness Spit. It is a great location to spend an hour or two or the entire day. Either way
you will be glad that you did. Have fun and stay safe!
During our visit we didn't have time to make the trek out to the lighthouse, but we thoroughly enjoyed just
leisurely strolling along the beach, checking out rocks and shells, and watching a cruise ship make its way
along the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the way to Alaska or some other destination. As you are strolling along,
keep a sharp eye out for eagles, as they are often seen in this area. In fact, while we were there, we saw
several perched up in the treetops. They seem to like the trees that are a little thin and not so bushy up in
the tops. If you have a camera with a telephoto lens or a pair of binoculars you have a real good chance of
The image above and to the right shows a map of the area so that you can get acclimated to the layout.
There is a great deal of driftwood along the beach, so there are plenty of opportunities to shit down and relax
and just enjoy the view. If you are traveling with kids, they will love to climb around on these huge polished
logs and there will be many opportunities for photos. The beach combined with the backdrop of mountains is
wonderful, and the mild summer temperatures are an added bonus.