Trips for All Levels of Experience
Sequim is a great place to stay while you explore the Olympic Peninsula from the Dungeness Spit to the Olympic National Forest and the Olympic National Park. There are hiking trips for all levels of experience and breathtaking views for all to enjoy.
Hike the Dungeness Spit - Visit the New Dungeness Lighthouse and National Wildlife Refuge
Stretching into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Dungeness Spit measures 5.5 miles and is the longest natural sand spit in the nation. The Dungeness Spit is part of the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, a haven for wildlife. These calm waters and tide flats are rich in marine life and provide protection from winds and pounding surf. They provide a place to rest and a source of food to a large variety of wildlife so remember your binoculars. More than 250 species of birds, 41 species of land mammals, and eight species of marine mammals have been recorded at the refuge including several that are threatened or endangered.
New Dungeness Lighthouse
At the tip of the spit sits the New Dungeness Lighthouse, one of the oldest in the Northwest, operating continuously since 1857. Although the last lighthouse keeper was withdrawn in 1994, the lighthouse is maintained by the New Dungeness Chapter of the United Lighthouse Society. Tours are available. Check the tide reports before you leave for the hike, as high tides can make it difficult to reach the tip.
Sequim is the Gateway to the Olympic National Forest
The Olympic National Forest covers 633,000 acres, which blankets the foothills of the Olympic Mountains and surrounds much of the Olympic National Park. The Dungeness Trail and the Gray Wolf Trail start in Sequim’s backyard and are good day hikes. The Washington Trails Association is a good resource for trail information.
Olympic National Park
From the breathtaking views at Hurricane Ridge to the tidepools and seastacks at La Push, the Olympic National Park is home to dozens of hikes each one unique. Rainforest paths, waterfalls, coastal trails, and mountain vistas await you in the Olympic National Park.
Sequim Bay State Park
Sequim Bay State Park is a year-round, 92-acre marine camping park with 4,909 feet of saltwater coast in the Sequim rain shadow, just inside Puget Sound on the Olympic Peninsula. The bay is calm, the air is dry and interpretive opportunities await visitors. The Olympic Discovery Trail, popular with cyclists, hikers, and dog lovers, passes through the park. The park is located between Blynn and the Washington Street exit for Sequim on Highway 101.