Cape Flattery

Neah Bay, Washington

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Cape Flattery protrudes from the very tip of the Olympic Peninsula and forms the northwesternmost point in the Lower 48. Fittingly, visiting this remote location really gives you the impression of being at the end of the world. Waves pound the cliffs and sea caves at your feet, while winds contort the trees and carry off any hats not strapped down carefully enough. The Makah Indians, who own this land, manage the cape as a nature sanctuary, and you can understand why; it’s a marvelous location for viewing wildlife, including sea otters, various species of whales, and a host of interesting birds. They could just as easily manage it as a scenic viewpoint, however, as the vistas of islands both near and far, dozens of jagged rock pinnacles, and dramatic clifflined coves are exceptional. For such a short and relatively easy hike, the rewards of this outing are hard to beat.

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"Cape Flattery protrudes from the very tip of the Olympic Peninsula and forms the northwesternmost point in the Lower 48. Fittingly, visiting this remote location really gives you the impression of being at the end of the world. Waves pound the cliffs and sea caves at your feet, while winds contort the trees and carry off any hats not strapped down carefully enough.

The Makah Indians, who own this land, manage the cape as a nature sanctuary, and you can understand why; it’s a marvelous location for viewing wildlife, including sea otters, various species of whales, and a host of interesting birds. They could just as easily manage it as a scenic viewpoint, however, as the vistas of islands both near and far, dozens of jagged rock pinnacles, and dramatic clifflined coves are exceptional. For such a short and relatively easy hike, the rewards of this outing are hard to beat."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Neah Bay
Distance: 1.4
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Spring-Fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly

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Jun 2018