“a misty and enchanted natural wonder and scenic wonderland”
Cape Flattery 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. Cape Flattery is the oldest permanently named feature in Washington state, being described and named by James Cook on March 22, 1778. Cook wrote: "... there appeared to be a small opening which flattered us with the hopes of finding an harbour ... On this account I called the point of land to the north of it Cape Flattery." In 1834, the first Japanese known to have arrived in what is now Washington state arrived in a dismasted, rudderless ship that ran aground near Cape Flattery. The three survivors of the broken ship were held as slaves by the local Makah people before being taken to Fort Vancouver by William H. McNeill under orders from John McLoughlin. Fuca Pillar is a tall, almost rectangular, rock on the west side of Cape Flattery. It is named after Juan de Fuca, a Greek sailor who explored for Spain. Fuca has a doubtful claim to being the first European explorer to see the Fuca Pillar and to explore the Strait of Juan de Fuca, also named for him. The first generally accepted mention of the pillar was by John Meares in 1788.
Totally worth the drive and recreation permit cost! A beautiful boardwalk leads you over soggy ground and slippery slopes to a few observation decks and a final viewpoint that rivals the best in the Pacific Northwest.
We went there just to say we hit the most North Western part of the states, we didn't know we were going to be rewarded with one of the most beautiful views we've ever seen. Unlike the other reviews, we got lucky with sunshine (sorry ;) - our photos from this location are definitely among our favorites.
I went on a foggy day im september but the hike was well worth it and so was the drive.
Amazing place. The Sequim address is interesting, since is is quite a drive from Sequim
Very curvy road. Well worth it. We were there on a foggy August day and it was simply amazing. There are a lot of cliffs, so keep an eye on the littles, also... the bathroom facility at the trailhead was GROSS, so go before you get there. Simply breathtaking though.
It was poring when I went there some days ago, but definitely worth the hike and wet clothes. The hike to the viewpoint was the most fun hike I've ever done and the view was just amazing!
Visited in 2014 at the end of March and was hit with monsoon style rain, but the trail was still in good condition, and the views were spectacular. This year I went in May hoping to have better weather and it was a bit of a mixed bag. One side of the Cape was hazy and fogged in and the other was clearer, still beautiful and worth the trip/ hike
This place is absolutely beautiful. When i went it was pouring rain but still worth it. The hike up is just as pretty as the views from the cape.
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Good for bird watching, cycling, and 2 more activities.
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