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Seattle, WA: Dungeness Spit

This 10.2-miler heads into a wildlife refuge with 250 species of birds to the New Dungeness Light Station, a historic lighthouse with spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains.

Rating

Hike north from the trailhead for a 0.4-mile stretch through Sitka spruce, cedar, and Douglas fir to the bottom of Dungeness Spit. From here, the route travels up the spit, passing shorelines with harbor seals and killer whale sightings in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. After 3.4 miles, the New Dungeness Light Station comes into view aound the first bend.
Listen closely: the rocks along the shore sound like marbles as they roll around in the surf. At mile 4.2, climb to a ridgetop to see thousands of birds nesting on the east side of the spit, then continue northeast. A half-mile later, bear right and hike inland across soft sand to the historic Dungeness Light Station. Climb the lighthouse’s 74 steps for spectacular views of Whidbey Island, Vancouver Island, Mount Baker, and the Olympic Mountain Range. Retrace steps back to trailhead.
-Mapped by Kari Bodnarchuk

To Trailhead

From Seattle, take I-5 N to WA 104 W to US 101 W. In 24.5 miles, turn right onto Kitchen-Dick Rd. In 3.2 miles, turn right onto Lotzgesell Rd. In 0.2 mile, turn left onto Voice of America Rd. Follow 1.2 miles to parking lot at Dungeness Recreation Area.

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