Apr 22, 2012
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
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- Hike: Dungeness Spit
- Region: Olympics -- North
- Agency: Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge
- Avg Rating: 2.71
- Hiking Companions
- Hiked with kids
The weather was good and so was the tide. It was further out than I think I’ve ever seen it at the Spit. We walked west on the beach, which I hadn’t done in a while. Most people follow the Spit toward the lighthouse, so we had it to ourselves for the most part.
The cliffs are amazing! Right at the base is a blue layer of ancient ocean sediment. It makes great face paint for the kids…or Steph and me! Layers of gravel and sand continue upward showing the geologic history of the area. In one sandy layer we saw old preserved (not petrified yet) logs. My guess is this layer is a remnant of a tsunami.
We ate at the Port Angeles Crabhouse while BC played by the water in view. A traditional Salish canoe was paddled into the tiny bay. It was a cool sight to see. After finishing our drinks, Steph and I joined BC at the water where he showed us a giant starfish that he couldn’t quite touch. We climbed up the observation tower to watch a ferry from Victoria come in and then headed for the car and home.