Visiting the Dungeness Recreation Area
The Dungeness Recreation Area in Sequim is a wonderful place for a day trip. Walk the trail along the bluff overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Bring your picnic lunch and enjoy the water view from one of the picnic tables nestled among the bushes along the trail. Bring your camera! On a clear day, you can see all the way to British Columbia and beyond the San Juan Islands to Mt. Baker. You’ll see all kinds of wildlife, including deer, bald eagles, and if you’re lucky, maybe even a seal in the water. Marvel at the size of the shipping containers that pass by on their way to, or from, Seattle.
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For $3 per group, you can walk the trail through the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge down to the spit. It is fairly level until the very end, which is a bit steep. There are a couple lookout platforms with binoculars positioned for a view of the lighthouse. The Dungeness Spit is the longest natural sand spit in the nation. At low tide you can walk the 5 rocky miles out to the New Dungeness Lighthouse (just be sure to avoid the south side of the spit which is a protected sanctuary for native birds). There is a long waiting list of volunteer lighthouse keepers, who will greet you and give you a tour of the historic building, operating since 1857.
The recreation area is open from dawn to dusk. Want to stay the night? There is an adjoining campground with tent and RV spaces, a playground and group picnic shelter. For more about camping at the Dungeness Recreation Area, visit http://www.clallam.net/Parks/Dungeness.html.