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Miller Peninsula-Thompson Spit

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast
48.0769, -122.9379 Map & Directions
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
610 feet
Highest Point
360 feet
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Pond on Thompson Spit. Photo by Bob & Barb.
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Coast

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This wooded walk enters a lush ravine lined with remnant old-growth and gives way to an isolated beach with views of Protection Island. Continue reading

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Hiking Miller Peninsula-Thompson Spit

The state is developing 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. This wooded walk enters a lush ravine lined with remnant old-growth and gives way to an isolated beach with views of Protection Island.

Washington State Parks has completed a trailhead with a parking lot, restrooms, and horse unloading facility about a mile down the Diamond Point Road from Highway 101. The map is posted at the trailhead but it is too faded to be legible. Other maps are posted at kiosks along the trail. All junctions are well-signed.

There are many miles of trails here — whether you do a meandering route around the area or the more direct 4 miles to the water and back. Additionally, it's possible to create all sorts of loops as well.

Start from the well-marked trailhead and walk  a short distance to a T junction marked "Trailhead Loop" in both directions. Turn right, up a slight switchback, which will eventually take you to E Diamond Point Trail which connects to Fireweed Road at a kiosk. (If you go left at the T junction it will take you to W Diamond Point Trail which leads to the Cable Trail across tribal property, eventually connecting with the west end of Fireweed Road. There is a picnic table at the junction of Fireweed, Yarrow Cutoff, and Manzanita Trail.)

Continuing from the east end of Fireweed Road 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 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.

WTA worked here in 2012!

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Miller Peninsula-Thompson Spit

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Co-ordinates: 48.0769, -122.9379 Open in Google Maps

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

Coming from Sequim, drive southeast on Highway 101 for approximately 12 miles. Turn left on Diamond Point Road, go about two miles, looking for a large, developed parking lot with facilities.

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Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

Washington State Parks

Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

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