Cape Flattery Trail

EASY 80 reviews

Cape Flattery Trail is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sekiu, Washington 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.

DISTANCE
1.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
295 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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.

walking
15 days ago

The trail it's self is packed but the views, especially the one at the very end is worth it. Literally the edge of the world. You look left and there is not land on the edge of the ocean. I didn't want to leave. I wanted to pack it up, put it in my pocket, and keep it for a rainy day. So gorgeous. So spectacular. So humbling.

hiking
27 days ago

1 month ago

Beautiful place! Easy hike! Totally worth it! ✅

hiking
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hiking
1 month ago

Good trail! Clean, well maintained and not very muddy. View was amazing! Tmobile doesn't have service in this area incase anyone needs to know! I went on a rainy/cloudy day and there were lots of people, think trail is becoming heavily trafficked instead of moderate.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Easy hike, beautiful scenery. Well maintained trail.

1 month ago

A little out of the way, but the board walks and the views were definitely worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

A perfect hike for sunset. It was well maintained even though it was February, and very easy. The view is unforgettable.

hiking
4 months ago

5 months ago

Gorgeous, magical. Crowded. Lots of dogs. Easy hike.

6 months ago

6 months 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
7 months 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.

8 months ago

Gorgeous