Detouring through Miller Peninsula–Thompson Spit

Detouring through Miller Peninsula–Thompson Spit

By: Shelby April 29, 2015 9:54 am 2 comments

So our lives have been a whirlwind of wedding planning. This weekend was the cake tasting. Because I’m terrible at talking to vendors and making decisions, I’ll look around online for a while before I finally make a decision and talk to somebody. I called That Takes the Cake one day a few weeks ago, thinking they were located in Everett. “You know we’re located in Sequim, right? But we deliver…” “Uhh. I guess that’s fine. I already have you on the phone, so let’s just do this.”

So I set up a consultation and resigned myself to the fact that we’d have to drive to Sequim just to try some cake. Now, I have no problem with that, in reality. We love the Olympic Peninsula more than most places, so we never really need an excuse to get out there. Our appointment was in the evening, after the shop closed, so we had almost all day to go on a little adventure. My only requirement was that we didn’t get too sweaty, because I had to be ready to get all bridal for the tasting.

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Our original goal was to go up to Hurricane Ridge and then also pay the neglected Peabody Creek Loop Trail a visit and give it some love in the form of a trip report and a better photo on WTA. However, we didn’t get up and moving fast enough to make it onto the early ferry, so we ate a leisurely lunch at home and then headed across the Sound on the M/V Walla Walla.

Spenser chose the Miller Peninsula – Thompson Spit due to its proximity to Sequim, short distance, and the lack of recent trip reports on WTA. We both like choosing the trail less traveled sometimes.

It took us a while to find the actual trailhead. The Google directions listed differed from the driving directions posted on the website. The written directions ended up being correct (sorry, Google), and we made it to the correct location only about 20 minutes later than we planned. No worries.

We nervously walked past the gate and down gravel road, following the listed directions on the website. Shortly we saw the Washington State Parks gate we were looking for and knew we were on the right track.

We followed the beautiful, straight trail through a cool, shady birch and cedar forest. The dirt road spilled down the hill and through a wide ravine, and it eventually split off into a small, well-manicured trail that was blocked by just a few blow downs. We passed only two other groups of people walking their dogs. We basically had the whole trail to ourselves.

We weren't sure what to think of this hike

We weren't sure what to think of this hike

Ah, we're on the right track after all

Ah, we're on the right track after all

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We spied a frog

We spied a frog

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The light in the woods was gorgeous

The light in the woods was gorgeous

We saw a friendly hawk too

We saw a friendly hawk too

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Our first sight of the beach!

Our first sight of the beach!

And then we arrived at the beautiful, isolated beach, which again, we had all to ourselves.

Washington has the best beaches for solitude.

The point of the trail was to wind up at the small Thompson Spit, but we were running low on time, and walking down the rocky beach was slow going. So, we turned back before the spit and charged up the trail and made it back to the car with just a few minutes to spare (minutes that I used to cool off and stop sweating).

It was a beautiful trail and a wonderful, quiet detour away from a busy weekend.

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Protection Island

Protection Island

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Total mileage / elevation gain: 4.62miles / 669 feet
Total time: 1hr 40min

No pass or permit required
Driving Directions: From Sequim, follow Hwy 101 southeast for 12 miles and turn left on Diamond Point Road. Park at the Pacific Aeronautics gate.

2 Comments

  • Parking is now prohibited at the gate. See new signs. You should park at the new parking lot where a Discover Pass is required. It’s a longer walk too, but the forest is quite nice.

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