Cape Flattery Trail

Neah Bay, Washington

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Perched at the farthest northwestern tip of the Lower 48, Cape Flattery is a habitat of rain-drenched and windswept woodlands. Thanks to a 0.75-mile trail that spans wetlands on wooden boardwalks, it is easy to reach the five viewing platforms on land owned and administered by the Makah Tribe in Neah Bay. This is a great spot to catch a glimpse of rugged sea stacks, Tatoosh Island, and caves carved in the rock alongside the viewing platforms that host nesting cormorants in the summer. It is also a prime location to see such birds as Tufted Puffin without the need to jump in a boat for a pelagic birding trip. Habitats: Cliffs, mixed forest. Specialty birds: Common Loon; Pelagic and Brandt’s Cormorants; Harlequin Duck; Bald Eagle; Peregrine Falcon; Blue Grouse; Black Oystercatcher; Ruddy and Black Turnstones; Rock Sandpiper; Heerman’s, Bonaparte’s, Mew, Thayer’s, and Western Gulls; Common Murre; Pigeon Guillemot; Marbled and Ancient Murrelets; Rhinoceros Auklet; Tufted Puffin; Spotted and Northern Pygmy-Owls; Anna’s and Rufous Hummingbirds; Pileated Woodpecker; Red-breasted Sapsucker; Pacificslope Flycatcher; Hutton’s Vireo; Northwestern Crow.

Cape Flattery Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Perched at the farthest northwestern tip of the Lower 48, Cape Flattery is a habitat of rain-drenched and windswept woodlands. Thanks to a 0.75-mile trail that spans wetlands on wooden boardwalks, it is easy to reach the five viewing platforms on land owned and administered by the Makah Tribe in Neah Bay. This is a great spot to catch a glimpse of rugged sea stacks, Tatoosh Island, and caves carved in the rock alongside the viewing platforms that host nesting cormorants in the summer. It is also a prime location to see such birds as Tufted Puffin without the need to jump in a boat for a pelagic birding trip.

Habitats: Cliffs, mixed forest. Specialty birds: Common Loon; Pelagic and Brandt’s Cormorants; Harlequin Duck; Bald Eagle; Peregrine Falcon; Blue Grouse; Black Oystercatcher; Ruddy and Black Turnstones; Rock Sandpiper; Heerman’s, Bonaparte’s, Mew, Thayer’s, and Western Gulls; Common Murre; Pigeon Guillemot; Marbled and Ancient Murrelets; Rhinoceros Auklet; Tufted Puffin; Spotted and Northern Pygmy-Owls; Anna’s and Rufous Hummingbirds; Pileated Woodpecker; Red-breasted Sapsucker; Pacificslope Flycatcher; Hutton’s Vireo; Northwestern Crow."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Neah Bay
Distance: 1.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Best Times: Best spring and fall for migrants and summer for nesting birds, but also a treat in winter
Trailhead Elevation: 40 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Cape Flattery Trail

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May 2018