Cape Flattery

Neah Bay, Washington

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Hike to the northwesternmost point in the continental United States. Here, where the Strait of Juan de Fuca meets the Pacific, Cape Flattery protrudes into a sea of tumultuous waters. A land of dramatic headlands, sea stacks, and deep narrow coves, Cape Flattery exhibits sheer rugged beauty. Scores of seabirds ride the surf and scavenge the sea stacks. Watch for whales and sea lions too. And the sunsets . . . they’re simply divine. Thanks to the Makah Indian Nation, the stewards of this land, a well-constructed trail leads to this remote corner of the Northwest. Start on an old road, descending through a mist-drenched forest of Sitka spruces.

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"Hike to the northwesternmost point in the continental United States. Here, where the Strait of Juan de Fuca meets the Pacific, Cape Flattery protrudes into a sea of tumultuous waters. A land of dramatic headlands, sea stacks, and deep narrow coves, Cape Flattery exhibits sheer rugged beauty. Scores of seabirds ride the surf and scavenge the sea stacks. Watch for whales and sea lions too. And the sunsets . . . they’re simply divine.

Thanks to the Makah Indian Nation, the stewards of this land, a well-constructed trail leads to this remote corner of the Northwest. Start on an old road, descending through a mist-drenched forest of Sitka spruces."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Neah Bay
Distance: 1.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 250 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: Year-round
Features: Views
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Makah Indian Nation
Local Maps: Green Trails Cape Flattery No. 98S, Custom Correct North Olympic Coast

Cape Flattery Reviews

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8/15/2012
This is a sightseeing trial and the views make it worth the walk. It is a combination of gravel and rough cut lumber elevated walkways. There are several very short side trails to lookouts that provide vantage points to the Pacific coastline. From the final raised platform there is a view of the lighthouse, Straights of Juan De Fuca, the Pacific Ocean and Canada. Here you are at the northern most point of the continental US. This is a trial you will share with a lot of people don’t expect it to be deserted even as far out of the way as this trail is. You will need to buy an annual visitor pass from the Makah Nation to park in the lot at the beginning of the trail. The only facilities are pit toilets in the parking lot.
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4/26/2009
Not a long hike, but some amazing views, of the Pacific, and some great historical information along the way. Take an hour and check this out if your in the area.
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