Cape Flattery

Neah Bay, Washington

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Cape Flattery, the most northwestern point in the contiguous states, is the home of the Makah Nation. It was named in 1778 by British Capt. James Cook for the point of land that “flattered us with the hopes of finding a harbor.” You will take a short boardwalk hike through an enchanting forest to the lip of a cliff above the surf. From a platform, you can watch puffins bobbing on the waves, look out at the lighthouse on Tatoosh Island, perhaps see seals and whales in the distance—if the weather in this cool and rainy place cooperates (bring a jacket). In summer, free guided tours of the cape are provided. The first 3.2 miles are paved. The remainder is well-maintained, low-clearance two-lane dirt and gravel. High clearance is advisable for the short, optional segment at the end that leads to a viewpoint.

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"Cape Flattery, the most northwestern point in the contiguous states, is the home of the Makah Nation. It was named in 1778 by British Capt. James Cook for the point of land that “flattered us with the hopes of finding a harbor.” You will take a short boardwalk hike through an enchanting forest to the lip of a cliff above the surf.

From a platform, you can watch puffins bobbing on the waves, look out at the lighthouse on Tatoosh Island, perhaps see seals and whales in the distance—if the weather in this cool and rainy place cooperates (bring a jacket). In summer, free guided tours of the cape are provided. The first 3.2 miles are paved. The remainder is well-maintained, low-clearance two-lane dirt and gravel. High clearance is advisable for the short, optional segment at the end that leads to a viewpoint."

Activity Type: Hiking, Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Neah Bay
Distance: 16
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1 to 2.5 hours including boardwalk foot trail
Local Contacts: Makah Cultural and Research Center
Local Maps: Washington Road & Recreation Atlas

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9/6/2011
This road is now completely paved. The hike along the trail is very cool. There was so much fog that we couldn't see anything once we got to the overlook.
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