A walk through a coastal rain forest leads to a stunning viewpoint perched upon rocky cliffs. Cape Flattery is the northwestern most point in the contiguous United States. The Makah people call Neah Bay the “beginning of the world.”
The Pacific is dotted by islands and rock formations and often shrouded by mist, as this area gets more than 100 inches of rain annually. It’s beautiful in any weather and is particularly stunning when the sun shines and sets.
The trail starts out on a gravel road, and as you walk deeper into the forest, it turns into boardwalk in several places to help protect the fragile ecosystem. Log rounds also serve as crossings over muddy areas. As you get nearer to the point, you can hear the crashing waves and get a glimpse of one of three viewing platforms, from which you can see Tatoosh Island.
Back at Neah Bay, get a bite at one of the stellar restaurants; buy some smoked salmon; and visit the Makah Cultural and Research Center to learn about the history of the Makah people and the area, and to view artifacts recovered from the Ozette Archaeological Site.
Good to Know
Makah Recreation Pass is required and can be purchased at the Makah Tribal Museum, or Washburn’s Grocery in Neah Bay.
Hike Mileage: 1.5 miles round-trip
Elevation gain: 200 feet