Reaching the most northwestern point in the lower United States just got easier for
thousands of people.
The Makah Tribe's long-awaited renovation of the Cape Flattery trail is complete.
For years, sightseers from all over the world have hiked through a muddy, poorly maintained trail - and risked plunging off dangerous cliffs to see one of the most breathtaking views on the Pacific Coast.
Those who could not navigate the trail before, now can reach their destination via a 20 to 30 minute walk across a combination of cedar boardwalk and groomed earthen trail.
At the end of the 3/4 of a mile hike over a picturesque trail with bridges across wetlands, one will enjoy the views from five observation perches with cedar decks and guard rails. If you bring a lunch or a light snack two picnic tables can be found and the end of the trail also.
The Makah's built the trail with a $170,000 Department of Natural Resources grant and an $85,000 State Department of Transportation grant.
Seven Tribal members learned construction skills and earned partial college scholarships for donating 900 hours, through the AmeriCorps project.
The Trail provides a view of waves crashing against rocky shores and of Tatoosh Island, a former Makah fishing and whaling camp and more recently a Coast Guard station. Sometimes visitors can catch a glimpse of puffin, sea otters, seals, gray, orca and humpback whales and other marine life.
A short side trip after you come back from the Cape trail, cross over the Waatch River to see Hobuck Beach and the famous Shi Shi Beach.
View 25 photos of Cape Flattery and the new trail to the cape. View the Photos!
Get A Map And Driving Directions
Click here to get driving directions from Neah Bay to the trail and a map for driving to the trail from Neah Bay
Local Communities In The Area:
Neah Bay - 6 miles
Clallam Bay - 18 miles
Sekiu -16 miles
Forks - 42 miles
Leave Your Feedback
Tell others about the trail, and what experiences you had along the way. Read feedback or send feedback. [!]
Four Corners Society
View the certificate you can receive from the Four Corners Society for going to all four corners in the continental US.
Updated [date %Y]