Dungeness Spit is a remarkable strip of land jutting North into the Strait of Juan de Fuca off the Olympic Peninsula.
The trail extends five miles out the narrow beach through the Wildlife Refuge. You're surrounded by the ocean and waves, staring North toward Vancouver Island which you can squint to make out in the distance. South of you loom the Olympic Mountains.
The feeling I get walking out the spit is of vastness: vast in a way that craggy mountains or wide open plains can never feel. I feel like I'm on the edge of the world.
This is an awesome hike for shoulder season. While spring weather may roll in and you get a bit damp, the cloud play over the mountains and waves makes it worth it. Hike out all the way to the lighthouse, or just go as far as you want and turn around - you get stunning views no matter how far you go.
Ryan and I ended up on this hike after driving out to Hurricane Ridge to ski and being turned back due to road closure. Hiking out the Dungeness Spit is a great alternative to Hurricane Ridge, located just outside of Sequim, WA and not far out of your way to the drive to the ferry. It's also a worthy destination in and of itself especially for bird watchers, beach combers or if you are just looking for an intriguing walk on the beach.
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