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Cape Flattery, Clallam Bay

#89 of 244 in Nature in Washington State
Water Body · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Cape Flattery (48°23′09″N 124°43′37″W) is the northwesternmost point of the contiguous United States. It is in Clallam County, Washington on the Olympic Peninsula, where the Strait of Juan de Fuca joins the Pacific Ocean. It is also part of the Makah Reservation, and is the northern boundary of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. Cape Flattery can be reached from a short hike, most of which is boardwalked. The westernmost point in the contiguous United States is at Cape Alava, south of Cape Flattery in Olympic National Park. However, the westernmost tip of Cape Flattery is almost exactly as far west as Cape Alava, the difference being approximately 5 seconds of longitude, about 360 feet (110 m), at high tide and somewhat more at low tide.
The Cape Flattery Lighthouse is on Tatoosh Island, just off the cape. Makah Bay and Neah Bay are on either side of the cape. Neah Bay, Washington is the closest town to the cape.

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  • The drive to Flattery is not a boring one, with its twisting roads and spotty cellular coverage. Fortunately, there are not a lot of wrong turns to be made, so the parking will be in view in quick...  more »
  • When you reach the trailhead invest in hand made walking sticks. These are made by the local First Nation children as a way to make a few dollars. Even if you do not need them they are works of art...  more »
  • Fairly easy trail to walk. I guarantee that you will be pleased that you exerted the energy to make it to the most northwestern point in the continental US. The view was fantastic! We saw a sea lion, humpback whale, and a gorgeous view.
  • Heaven on earth! One of the prettiest sites in the whole Olympic peninsula. Absolutely worth the drive. The trail is pretty short, about 1.5 miles round trip. DOG FRIENDLY, if leashed. The sites are remarkable and the hike through the forest is so pretty. There are really pretty hiking sticks with feathers tied to them at the start of a hike that supports a local fundraiser. Bathrooms are at the trailhead. Relatively clean. Lots of little pullouts on the way to there too, through the Indian reservation and along the main road. Really glad I went to check this place out.

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