TRAVEL: Sequim Day Trip. Dungeness Spit x Broke Brotha Rell
Dungeness Spit is easily one of my favorite day trips in Washington. It is a beach off the northern most end of Olympic National Park that has a jetty that stretches about 5.5 miles into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This place is relatively popular, but the further out you venture the fewer people you run into. Dungeness is located in Sequim, Washington which is about 2 hours away from Tacoma, but once you get there I’m sure you’ll think it’s worth the drive.
Once you get to the park its about a quarter mile walk to get to the beach, and that’s where the fun starts. The beach in total is about 5.5 miles long, with an old lighthouse at the end. The beach pathway is only about 200 feet wide during low tide and anywhere from 50 to 20 feet at high tide. Get there early or the walk back from the lighthouse can get… Tricky to say the least, walking back with the waves splashing at you will not be fun. I will say, this is a long ass walk. You’re going 11 miles so be prepared for a trek. The scenery of this place is what makes it all worth it. On the walk down; you’ll have Victoria B.C. to your left, Mt. Baker and the lighthouse in front of you, the city of Sequim to your right and the hills of the Strait of Juan de Fuca behind you. You really couldn’t ask for a better view. Depending on how long it takes you or what time you go, you should be able to catch the sunset on your way back, which looks amazing. Once you get to the lighthouse, you can choose to go on a tour of the lighthouse or continue a little further down the spit. It was pretty tight being able to go up to the top of the lighthouse and get some cool pictures up there. They also have a couple rooms filled with stuff from when the lighthouse was in it’s early days. You can even volunteer to work the lighthouse for a week and stay out in the house. The walk back was a little more tolerable heat wise and walking into the sunset was a welcome surprise. Getting to the home end of the beach was also very welcome, walking 11 miles round trip in the sand is no joke and will give you a hell of a workout.
If you’re looking for a dope day trip in state this summer to a place no one you know has heard of, check this place out. I wouldn’t say going all the way to the lighthouse is very family-friendly but the beach area is really nice for a family day or picnic. I’d say give yourself 4-5 hours to finish the entire walk (depending on your pace) or like I said, that trip back will not be fun. I hope I’ve convinced you to get the fuck out of town this summer and explore some new shit.