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Miller Peninsula-Thompson Spit

The state is working to develop a destination state park on the Miller Peninsula property, and WTA volunteer crews have created a pretty trail to help you check out this area before the crowds find it. This wooded walk enters a lush ravine lined with remnant old-growth and gives way to an isolated beach with views of Protection Island.

The trailhead is found on the left side of Diamond Point Road as you drive in from Hwy 101 next to a mailbox and a sign for Pacific Aerospace. There is one nice parking space to the left of the blue metal gate. Walk down the well graveled road and bear right (off the graveled road) and through a second gate that reads "Washington State Parks". In just under a mile you will hit another junction of old roads, where you choose the one on the right and then almost immediately see another intersection where you go left.

You will then pass a few minor trails on your right, but shortly you will encounter a Y shaped fork in the trail. Take the right fork. Enjoy this lush ravine as you wander half a mile to a beautiful and secluded beach. Here you can have a long lunch while taking in the sound of the surf and the views of Protection Island and even Mount Baker on a clear day.

Walking down the beach to the right leads you in circle around a pond before reconnecting with the land. This is all the spit you get! Be respectful of the private property requests.

This is a great hike for dogs, but there is clearly a lot of horse use on the last part of the trail, so be sure to keep dogs on-leash for the safety of the riders.

Driving Directions:

Coming from Sequim, drive southeast on Highway 101 for approximately 12 miles. Turn left on Diamond Point Rd, go about 2 miles. Where the road makes a sharp left turn, park on the left, at the road with the blue metal gate. There is a mailbox and a large sign for Pacific Aerospace at the entrance and the one parking space is to the left of the gate.

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Miller Peninsula-Thompson Spit — Jan 20, 2014 — Adrienne
Day hike
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The trails are well-maintained, but there are NO signs and unless you're paying attention, it's easy...
The trails are well-maintained, but there are NO signs and unless you're paying attention, it's easy to become lost on the various trails (and we did!). There is also a LOT of horse manure, so we were constantly making sure the dogs weren't making extra "pit stops," so to speak...

This was a lovely forest with a mossy ravine leading to the beach. The sun hadn't broken through yet (we arrived a few hours too early, darn) so the beach was too gray and overcast to afford nice views. The dogs enjoyed sniffing around the beach and watching the birds.
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Miller Peninsula-Thompson Spit — Sep 20, 2013 — GingerB85
Day hike
Issues: Blowdowns
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There was rain in the forecast, but we decided to make the best of our camping trip and do this day ...
There was rain in the forecast, but we decided to make the best of our camping trip and do this day hike. We did have a bit of difficulty finding the trail, as we completely passed up the WA State Parks gate at the trailhead, assuming the gate indicated private property. When we realized it, we turned around and went back. The trail was in good condition and our dogs enjoyed all the interesting smells. Other trail reports had mentioned it being frequented by horses and, while we did see "evidence" they had been there, it wasn't as bad as some had indicated.

As the day was grey and a storm was expected in the area, we didn't meet one other person on the trail. We did see an owl watching us hike by and he posed nicely for pictures.

We arrived at high tide and there were blow downs, which combined to limit where we could go. The spit was completely unaccessible, but the dogs still had a blast chasing sticks and wading in the water. There were two seagull carcasses, which my husband pushed out into the water to keep them from attracting our dogs. After about an hour or so on the beach going as far as we could go, we decided to start back to the car before the storm reached us. We were almost at the trailhead when it started to drizzle, but we were prepared.

All in all, it was a good hike.
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Miller Peninsula-Thompson Spit — Jul 20, 2013 — jlk1959
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
Issues: Bugs | No water source
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I had originally planned to try a hike that had a higher degree of difficulty but that plan changed ...
I had originally planned to try a hike that had a higher degree of difficulty but that plan changed when I over slept. So I decided to try this hike instead. The write-up sounded good.

So I arrived at the trail head at the crack of noon, but I was a bit thrown off by the security signs that had pictures of salivating German Sheppard’s on them. But there was also the sign that had a phone number to the Ranger Station on it so I called and spoke with the Ranger and he reassured me that there were no guard dogs roaming the area, so I set out.
 
I met only one group of 6 people on the trail, but after that I had the whole place to myself. I made sure to take my Day Hiking the Olympic Peninsula book with me to make sure I didn’t get off course.

It was a pretty easy stroll through the forest. The weather was mild but the sun was still trying to come out. Most of the trail is more like a road until you get to the area where the WTA trail starts. This is where it really begins to feel like a hike through the forest.

It was very quiet and peaceful broken only by the occasional sound of a bird or a squirrel in the distance. I did have to watch my step because there quite a few piles of horse shi...er uh manure. Some of the piles were fresh to say the least. But anyway, the beach was beautiful. I got there as the tide was coming in. I wanted to get down to the Spit but didn’t want to take a chance of getting stranded. But from where I was I could see seals, gulls, a couple eagles and an occasional fish jump. The sun had come out by then so I sat on a big old log and soaked it all in for about an hour then headed back. It was a great place to get away from it all.
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Miller Peninsula-Thompson Spit — May 04, 2013 — shegoat
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
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With the warm temps, snow meltdown, and potential for crowds at local beaches, we decided to head ov...
With the warm temps, snow meltdown, and potential for crowds at local beaches, we decided to head over to the peninsula and find a less crowded beach. The hike to this beach offered a ride on the ferry (spectacular views and weather), a relatively easy walk down through a ravine containing lust rain forest, and a beach to ourselves. The views out to the Strait were amazing. The tide was out so we could enjoy the beach walk and watch the different birds fly about, including eagles, herons, puffleheads, and black birds. Mt Baker, the San Juans, and Vancouver Island were in clear view as well. The island across from the beach is a bird sanctuary. We spent 3 hours hiking, hanging at the beach and taking photos. No Rhodies in bloom yet on this trail but saw a few Trillium. This was a great diversion from the mountains.
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Miller Peninsula-Thompson Spit — Mar 30, 2013 — austineats
Day hike
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A quiet stroll through mostly second growth on wide road and then a beautiful ravine which was large...
A quiet stroll through mostly second growth on wide road and then a beautiful ravine which was largely spared from logging leads to a secluded section of coastline. The beach itself is all large rocks and not easy hiking for most of its stretch to Thompson Spit. The lagoon is pretty with a few sculpted shore pines. No significant clams to dig here.
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Pond on Thompson Spit. Photo by trip report posters "Bob & Barb."
WTA worked here!
2012
Location
Olympics -- North
Sequim Bay State Park
Statistics
Roundtrip 5.0 miles
Elevation Gain 360 ft
Highest Point 360 ft
Features
Coast
User info
Good for kids
Dogs allowed on leash
Guidebooks & Maps
Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula (Romano - Mountaineers Books)
USGS Gardiner

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