Dungeness Spit is a must-do hike that ends at a really cool lighthouse. There isn't much elevation gain because this is solely a beach hike but trekking through sand really gets your legs going. The trail follows a long, narrow spit after you emerge from a dense forest. From there, you're surrounded by the roaring waves until you reach the lighthouse.
Distance: 11 miles | GPS: 48.1413, -123.1899 Elevation Gain: 130 ft | Peak: 130 ft Olympic Peninsula | My Hiking Master Post
After passing through a forest, we emerged onto the beach. The views across the ocean were stunning and we could even see the nearby Olympic Mountains.
The water crashed all around us and we soon discovered just how hard hiking in sand is. The wind was whipping around us and there was very little cover so we were grateful that we'd brought gear for colder weather.
Dungeness Spit ends in a nature preserve dedicated to sea birds. This is a bird watcher's paradise and, as such, dogs aren't allowed.
The hike ends at a really cool lighthouse. It's kind of surreal because you're suddenly surrounded by a well-manicured lawn and a perfectly maintained premises. The perfection of it, after the chaos of the beach, almost makes it seem like you're in a Tim Burton film. Guides at the lighthouse, though, were more than happy to give a tour and educate us about the history of the structure.
The bird-watching was fantastic. We saw all kinds of sea birds and an eagle even landed on a wooden structure near the lighthouse (she's sitting on the upper-left edge of the picture with the tree in it). It was amazing to see how these creatures handled the waves!