102 – Dungeness Spit

We were told we were their only visitors for the day as we toured the New Dungeness Lighthouse (the “old” one happens to be in Scotland). Maybe it was because it is an 11-1/2 mile walk along the wave-slapped shore of the Dungeness Spit to get there and back, but we sure had a GREAT time!

Trailhead for hike along Dungenous Spit to the lighthouse
Trailhead for the hike along Dungenous Spit

The wind was blowing, waves of tide were rolling in and it was raining as we hit the narrow strip of beach along the longest coastal spit in the continental United States.

It is an awesome beach
It is an awesome beach

As we approached our final destination, the keeper of the lighthouse came out to greet us.

The lighthouse
The lighthouse

Families volunteer for a week at a time to be lighthouse keepers. They and their guests get to stay in the furnished house by the lighthouse and when visitors hike out, their job is to give them a tour.

The stairs in the lighthouse
The stairs in the lighthouse

Our private tour took us all the way up to the top of the lighthouse.

Up in the lighthouse
Up in the lighthouse

After touring the lighthouse, we were escorted to a warm, dry building with a bench where we sat and ate our lunch before making the long hike back along the spit to the trailhead.

Running from the incoming tide
Running from the incoming tide

More information about the Dungeness Spit hike can be found on the Washington Trails Association website here – http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/dungeness-national-wildlife-refuge.

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