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Olympic Peninsula Noobies, Part 2

Post by News Tribune Staff on Sep. 16, 2008 at 12:31 pm with No Comments »
September 16, 2008 12:31 pm

“Dungeoness Spit,” everyone said. And we’re glad we went, truly.

At high tide, it’s not an impossible 5.5-mile hike out to the lighthouse at the end of one of the worlds longest natural sand spits. But it’s a lot harder.

North of Sequim, the spit offered us our first-ever view of the Straight of Juan de Fuca. The spit justs out from the beach toward the northeast, and you can see the lighthouse from the trail. Doesn’t look like 5.5 miles, you’ll tell yourself. Can’t be 5.5 miles out, 5.5 miles back. Can’t be an 11-mile round trip.

The pathetic photo above shows how “far” we made it. To be fair, we started late in the day, around 4 p.m., and the park was set to close around 7 p.m. A volunteer guide told us the hike takes four to six hours – during low tide when there’s hard sand to walk on. I’m no good at math, but it didn’t sound like we would make it.

The volunteer must not have thought so, either. She encouraged us to just hang out on the spit and watch for the family of whales that had been spotted throughout the day. She even loaned us her binoculars. I guess she didn’t want to have to take her buggy out to rescue two idiots later on.

Here’s the view to the southwest, toward Port Angeles:

And here’s the view to the northeast, toward the end of the spit:

Despite the fact that we didn’t make it to the lighthouse, I was happy to pay the $3 entrance fee, since all of the money goes to Dungeoness National Wildlife Refuge, which occupies the entire southeast length of the spit.

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