We walk in the Dungeness Recreation Area a lot. When we first came to Sequim we walked a trail that led us along the bluff from one overlook to another, and then beyond, to the north and south. The overlooks afford views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca with Victoria and Vancouver Island, British Columbia in the distance. Over the years first one section of the sandy bluff and then another and another still gave way to forces of erosion. The overlook shown above started its slide last June, shown here. A month or so later it looked like this. Today, above, there’s a fence where the trail has been routed inland. You can see the approximate location of the former trail where the wooden fence is in the distance.
Vegetation was cleared to allow more parking. The former overlook is in the distance at the left of this photo.
We’ve had some glorious autumn days. Perfect days for walking.
Entrance to one of the trails at Dungeness Recreation Area. You can’t read all the signs in this shot but suffice it to say there are a lot of things you shouldn’t do.
Not long after we moved here we sat on this bench, looking at the view and celebrated our good fortune in living in Sequim. We don’t always take the path past this bench but on a day like this I remember those moments. I still feel fortunate.
The trail meanders a short distance through a wooded area and then opens onto this view. Access to the bluff overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca near here has recently been moved inland because of erosion. But this view helps make up for the loss of a beautiful water vantage.
The spot where this is taken is one of the best places to view the Dungeness Valley. I’ve shown this view before and chances are good that I’ll show it again. It’s hard to tire of this vista.
The bluffs at Dungeness Recreation Area are partially composed of powdery, fine sands. On this particular day light, blown sand mapped out the day’s activities by walkers and bicyclists.