Cape Flattery Trail

EASY 52 reviews

Cape Flattery Trail is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sekiu, WA that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.2 miles 297 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

cave

forest

views

wildlife

muddy

Known for its sunsets, Cape Flattery is a nature sanctuary on the northwestern-most point in the continental United States where the Strait of Juan de Fuca meets the Pacific where sea meets dramatic headlands, sea stacks, and deep narrow coves. View seabirds, whales and sea lions too. Preserved by the Makah Indian Nation, the well-maintained trail leads through wet areas, along coastal cliffs and across boardwalks. Start through a mist-drenched forest of Sitka spruce. Utilizing boardwalks and steps, drop to a series of promontories that provide great vistas of rugged Cape Flattery. At 0.75 mile is the viewing platform where you can see the Cape Flattery lighthouse on Tatoosh Island. Birds include Puffins and guillemots. Murres nest in the fortress-like cliffs. Oyster-catchers search tidal pools. Sea otters can be seen in the protected coves. Whales can often be spotted farther out. The area is often draped in fog and receives over 100 inches of annual rainfall. Directly offshore, Tatoosh Island was named for a Makah chief, once serving as a summer fishing camp for the Makahs. The U.S. Coast Guard first constructed a lighthouse on the island in 1857, and the current structure is automated. Now only sea lions, seals, and seabirds live on Tatoosh. Reference: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/cape-flattery

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13 days ago

Went just in time for the sunset!! Very easy and quick hike that has beautiful views! They have walking sticks to borrow in the beginning of the trail. They do have a fee for a parking pass that I believe you can buy anywhere, we got ours at a local restaurant.

hiking
18 days ago

This was an easy beautiful hike with both ground and boardwalk trail that fingers off in about 3 different directions at the end so you have completely different view points at the end of the main trail. It was absolutely breathtaking. Also this is the furthest most NW point you can be in the continental United States...WOW!
We only saw two other couples on this trail. It is sooo worth the drive to get here to see and experience this beautiful scenic forest walk and ocean views at the end! I could have stayed here all day to just relax and watch the waves go in and out of the sea caves.

1 month ago

Gorgeous

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

Easy hike with an amazing payoff if you go at sunset!!

4 months ago

Awesome little hike! Don't believe the
no dogs thing. We brought our dog and also there was a sign posted "dogs are allowed on leashes"

hiking
4 months ago

Easy hike that ends at a viewing platform.

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty hike, nice wooden board trails and beautiful views. Really kid friendly, not too much of incline and fairly short hike/walk. It says no dogs, up there for trail features, but we saw lots of dogs on the trail.

4 months ago

Easy hike, even walking sticks are provided! At the end you will witness amazing views and love yourself for making the drive. Do not pass the opportunity up to visit here!!

hiking
4 months ago

Very nice hike and not difficult. End view was fantastic!

walking
5 months ago

This is so amazing and beautiful views.

6 months ago

The trail was easy and well maintained. The view at the end was spectacular. It was a full moon, so the waves foam glowed in the moonlight. The sounds of the ocean crashing on the rocks was peaceful and rejuvenating. Will definitely hike again-well worth the drive.

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walking
8 months ago

Beautiful, short trail with a beautiful view at the end. We've taken the family here many times and it is always a good time! One of the many gems of the PNW.

hiking
1 year ago

A delightful and easy trail. As peaceful as you can get (I've only been during off peak, but I visit every year). The view is amazing. As you walk through the fir and spruce trees, across the boardwalks, there is a look out where you are able to enjoy the view of Tatoosh Island. Depending on what time of year you go, you can see pods of Whales, and even hear them calling as you make your way thru the trees. A heavenly spot, regardless of the weather. This hike is a MUST.

hiking
1 year ago

This was a pretty peaceful and full of some very different kinds of mushrooms I've never seen before (didn't touch them) if u are walking with a curious eye you might find a rather large one trapped under the boardwalk, which I gotta say made this trail pretty easy (thank you to the people who did the hard work) I was pretty much alone in these woods till I met the man who makes the walking sticks, very crafty and a nice guy. $5 if u take the walking stick home, and $10 dollars for a year pass to park. This trail is a must-do if hiking is your thing!!

hiking
1 year ago

Beautiful !