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Your Guide for Hiking to the Dungeness Spit Lighthouse

Dungeness Spit Lighthouse

The Dungeness Spit Lighthouse sits at the end of the longest natural sand spit in the United States. Jutting out five miles into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Lighthouse can be reached by water or on foot—though it’s essential to pay attention to the tide tables, hiking at low tide is the recommended plan. The spit is designated as the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, which is the ideal habitat for shorebirds and marine life, creating a rich, vibrant birdwatching and nature viewing area.

The Dungeness Spit Lighthouse is still a functional navigation aid and operating today—the lamp was first lit centuries ago in 1857. For those planning on hiking the spit, the best lodging choice is in Sequim at our waterfront cottages. The Dungeness Spit Lighthouse can be seen down the beach from our property. The six beautifully appointed cabins offer the perfect space to relax after an exciting day, taking in all the natural activities of the Olympic Penisula. This area of the northwest is truly a magical place! Check out our upcoming availability and book today.

Dungeness Spit Lighthouse

Hiking out to the Dungeness Spit Lighthouse

The Dungeness Spit Lighthouse is reached by a 5-mile hike from the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge parking lot along the North side of the Dungeness Spit. It’s three dollars for a permit fee for a party of four adults payable at the Kiosk—there’s no charge for kids under the age of 16. Visiting the Lighthouse is free, but donations are encouraged to support the maintenance and restoration of the Lighthouse.

Pro tips for hiking to the Dungeness Spit Lighthouse:

  • First thing’s first, check the tide tables to plan the correct timing. Walking at high tide means climbing and navigating massive driftwood, adding hours to your trek.
  • Pack plenty of water and snacks, as the hike is ten miles round trip, and there are no food options at the Dungeness Spit Lighthouse. You’ll want to allot approximately five hours for this journey.
  • Be sure to keep to the Wildlife Refuge maps to stay in the designated hiking areas. Much of this land is an important habitat for birds and sealife.
  • Bring your binoculars, sunscreen, and hiking shoes!
  • There’s a designated landing area for boats located just south of the Lighthouse between the yellow marker posts for those heading in from the water. Boaters must contact the Refuge office at 360-457-8451 before landing.

When you’ve successfully reached the Lighthouse, there are picnic benches, restrooms, and a water fountain. The Lighthouse Keepers are on hand to offer free guided tours seven days a week from 9 am to 5 pm. If you’re not too tired, climb the 74 steps up for the best panoramic view of the spit, Strait of Juan de Fuca, and Dungeness Bay.

Dungeness Spit Lighthouse

The Most Beautiful Views from our Cabins in Sequim

Each of our six waterfront cabins in Sequim is an oasis of calm on the Olympic Penisula. You’ll first notice the astounding views from the picture windows and our sweeping lawns. You’ll have mountain views at your back and water stretching as far as the eye can see in the front. The Olympic Peninsula Suite even offers views of the Dungeness Spit Lighthouse. Enjoy the cozy king-size bed, lavender scent in the air, and every amenity needed for a relaxing stay.

Spend the evenings on our private beach with a bonfire or play games with your loved ones in the yard. Select cabins offer a hot tub, the best place to take in the views and enjoy a nice glass of Washington wine. Start planning your next getaway to Sequim and get your reservation on the books! 

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