Neah Bay, Washington
Follow Cape Flattery Rd, Cape Loop Rd,
SW out of town to trailhead parking
Cape Flattery is the northwesternmost point of the Lower 48 contiguous states and marks the point where the Strait of Juan de Fuca meets the Pacific Ocean. It is just a few hundred feet short of also being the westernmost point of the Lower 48, a distinction held by nearby Cape Alava, just to the south in Olympic National Park.
A trail from the parking area to the tip of the cape is 3/4 of a mile long (1 1/2 miles round trip). The trail is well-maintained, and much of it is a boardwalk. Views along the way and at the platform at trail's end feature the rugged coastline of Cape Flattery, including alcoves, sea stacks and Tatoosh Island. Sometimes visitors may also see otters, seals and whales off the coast.
If you're a visitor to the Makah Reservation, you must purchase a recreation permit before hiking the Cape Flattery Trail. These are readily available at Washburn's General Store as you come into Neah Bay. At the time of my most recent visit, the permit cost $10 and was good for a year.
Coast at Cape Flattery (O14A0161)
Coast at Cape Flattery (O14A0166)
Tatoosh Island (O14A0173)
Tatoosh Island - actually a group of small islands - lies a half mile offshore from Cape Flattery. The Cape Flattery Lighthouse is located on Tatoosh Island and has been in operation since 1857.
While you're in the area, check out these sights:
- Around Town, Neah Bay, Washington
- Pillar Point County Park, Clallam Bay, Washington
- Marymere Falls, Olympic National Park, Washington