Destruction Island

Off the coast of Washington sits a small outcropping of rock called Destruction Island.

Destruction Island

The Hoh Indians visited the island for centuries. Spanish ships visited the island in the late 1700’s. They named it Isla de Dolores (Isle of Sorrow) due to killing of part of a Spanish crew by the Indians. Later the same fate waited for a British crew and they named the river into Ruby Beach Destruction River.

Completed in 1891, the lighthouse began functioning the following year. It continued functioning for over a century, until the Coast Guard discontinued operation in 2008. You can read more about the lighthouse here.

The island is viewed from along the Olympic National Park coastal section. We like to visit the Ruby Beach area and start hiking up and down from there. Many people come there to photograph the sunsets along the coast.

Ruby Beach Sunset