The Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge is a must if you’re in the Sequim, WA area. The hike down to the spit is easy and a lot of fun exploring this unique phenomenon. If you have the day to spend in the park, consider the trek to the lighthouse (11 miles round trip).
The Dungeness Spit is the world’s longest natural sand spit, it softens the rough sea waves to form a quiet bay with sandy beaches and tideflats. There’s also a lot of driftwood in which you can use for sitting or to hang a hammock like I’ve done in the picture to the side. Portions of the Refuge are closed to provide a sanctuary for wildlife during critical feeding, resting, and nesting times.
The Lighthouse at the end of the spit is one of the oldest lighthouses in the Northwest and is one of the very few that allow families an opportunity to be Lighthouse Keepers for a week. The Lighthouse has been in continuous operation, providing navigational aids to ships in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, since its completion in 1857.
The Lighthouse is maintained and operated by the New Dungeness Light Station Association, whose vision is that “The New Dungeness Light Station will be the finest example of historic restoration, preservation and interpretation in the Nation.”
Click the following link for more of my pictures of the Dungeness Spit and Wildlife Refuge.