Those of you who read about my visit to the southernmost point of the 50 states, in Hawai’i, may have picked up on the fact that I have an interest in the farthest that I can go in a given direction on a continent or in a country. Therefore, when I visited Washington state, I had a strong desire to visit the northwesternmost point in the continental US, Cape Flattery. Even though I would be visiting Olympic National Park, in northwestern Washington, it turned out that Cape Flattery was still going to be a decent amount out of my way. It would not have been worth the extra driving to me just for the chance to visit the corner of the country; however, seeing pictures of the area convinced me that Cape Flattery’s beauty was enough to justify the trip there.
The hike was not a very strenuous one. After hiking Cascade Pass and Tolmie Peak on the same trip, this was a welcome surprise. In addition, I was also pleased that there are multiple lookouts offering different views of the sea. This was not merely a hike to one spot where you spend a minute, take a picture, and head back to the car. Views of sea caves, moss-covered rocks, and the ocean met me at the end of the paths that branched out from the main trail. This is particularly nice because the trail is only .75 miles each way and would not occupy most hikers for very long if there wasn’t as much to see.
If you go, you’ll need to purchase a permit from the Makah Tribe, as Cape Flattery is located on the Makah Reservation. Locations that sell the permit, their hours, and the current price of the permit can be found here.