Day 1 - Dungeness Spit and Dungeness Lighthouse
The Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge and the Dungeness Recreation Area are located on the northern coast of the Olympic Peninsula near Sequim, WA. The refuge was established in 1915 by President Woodrow Wilson by Executive Order as a refuge, preserve, and breeding ground for native birds. When visiting the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge many people take the 11 mile round trip hike (4-6 hours) along the Dungeness Spit to the New Dungeness Light Station. The Dungeness Spit is the longest Natural sand spit in the United States. The lighthouse is run by The New Dungeness Lighthouse Organization and daily tours are available. Make sure to check the Tide Chart before starting on your hike - as it is easiest walking by starting one hour before low tide.
Another way to enjoy the Dungeness Recreation Area is by kayak! We rent kayaks when the weather permits and paddling in the bay out to the seal rookery, crabbing from your kayak or making the half day journey to the Lightouse and back are some of the many ideas to make your visit to the Olympic Peninsula a memorable one. Baby seals are born the end of June and stay in the area through the beginning of October. Very inquisitive and their Momma's are very protective so keep your distance!