• Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    1.5 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    200 Feet

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Romantic
Scenic
Wildlife

The hike to Cape Flattery offers an adventure through a forest, across a boardwalk, and out to a viewpoint with views of turquoise blue water crashing against the rocky cliffs of the Olympic Peninsula! Total mileage: 1.5 miles, roundtrip. Elevation gain: 200 feet. Highest point: 250 feet.

Did you know that Cape Flattery is the northwesternmost point in the continental United States? This is the place where the Straight of Juan de Fuca collides with the Pacific, creating strong currents and loud crashing waves.

This short and accessible hike leads you through a forest to an unforgettably beautiful viewpoint of sea stacks, turquoise water, and ocean as far as the eye can see! Watch for sea lions and whales, too!

Our favorite place to stop on our way back from Cape Flattery to the Seattle area is the By the Bay Cafe for ice cream! They are located at 343 Front Street, Sekiu, WA.

Happy hiking!

Pack List

  • Makah Recreation Pass required (can be purchased at the Makah Tribal Museum or Washburn's grocery in Neah Bay)
  • Osprey Mira 26 Hydration Pack
  • Lowa boots
  • Extra clothing layers
  • First aid
  • Extra food
  • Camera!
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We drove out there last week (mid August) and the fog was rolling across the magical road, lined with overhanging trees, to the trailhead. This hike is such an enchanting experience! There were hiking sticks made by a local for you at the beginning and incredible views all the way through to the end. This is one of my top favorite hikes ever!

6 months ago
6 months ago

Went during December after the rain didn't allow us to stay for very long at Shi Shi Beach. Multiple look-offs and a well maintained boardwalk make this very easy and very enjoyable.

10 months ago
10 months ago

Great views from the lookout points. Driving here is the biggest challenge since because its the most NW point in the US, you really have to set this as a destination. The boardwalk through the forest to the lookout points is quite impressive. We spent about 15 minutes taking in the views so all-in-all its less than a one hour excursion.

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