Hike-in Required
No
Open Year-round
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ADA accessible
No
Guided tours
No
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If you’re looking for a remote and beautiful destination that allows you to get away from the crowds, here is a great option. Cape Flattery is located on the Olympic Peninsula at the furthest northwestern point of the contiguous United States, where the Strait of Juan de Fuca meets the Pacific Ocean. The location is within the Makah Reservation and it is the northern boundary of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary.

The edge of Cape Flattery is easy to reach with a short hike along a winding boardwalk trail that was built by the Makah community. The trail leads to four observation decks which provide spectacular views of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary and Tatoosh Island with the Cape Flattery Lighthouse. Picnic tables are provided near the observation decks, but the area is minimally maintained, so you are required to pack-in and pack-out anything you bring with you.

Makah Recreation Use Permit

The trail is free to hike, but a $10 Makah Recreation Use Permit must be purchased for all activities within the reservation and it must be displayed in the window of your vehicle. Permits can be purchased at the following locations:

  • Makah Marina – Open until 5:00 p.m.
  • The Museum at the Makah Culture and Research Center – Open until 5:00 p.m.
  • Washburn’s General Store – Open until 7:00 p.m.
  • Makah Mini Mart – Open until 10:00 p.m.
  • Makah Tribal Center – Open until 5:00 p.m.
  • Hobuck Beach Resort

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

Other

Pros

Amazing view. Remote location.

Cons

Driving distance to access.

Pets allowed

Not Allowed

Features

Big vistas
Lighthouse

Location

Field Guide + Map

Comments

05/27/2017
The stunning views make this completely worth the time and drive-- however, I wouldn't classify it as low congestion. We went on a Saturday and found it very crowded, cars parked at least 1/8 mile down the road from the parking area. Even with potential crowds, I would still highly recommend-- amazing views for very little effort once you get there.
12/14/2016
Absolutely stunning location for photography. Some images here: http://www.creatorspalette.com/Our-World/Travel/US-Washington/Olympic-Peninsula/
05/23/2016
What an incredible sunset here.
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