Cape Flattery and Tatoosh Island
From the tip of this scenic trail, you can view Tatoosh Island while standing on the most northwesterly tip of the contiguous lower 48 States. Four observation decks on the Cape Flattery Trail provide spectacular views of the rugged rocks, birds, and jade waters of the Pacific Ocean. The Pacific takes on many hues depending on the weather and cloud cover from steel gray to light pink or yellow at sunset. Watch for gray whales off the Cape and sea lions on Snake Rock just east of Tatoosh Island.
The Makah Tribe renovated the trail with a $170,000 Department of Natural Resources grant and an $85,000 State Department of Transportation grant. Also, seven Tribal youth members learned construction skills and earned funds toward college scholarships for donating 900 hours through the AmeriCorps project.
Cape Flattery Trail Information
- 0.75 miles from trailhead to overlook
- A Makah Recreation Pass is required to park at the trail head. Please check for information on purchase locations (link)
- Restrooms are located at the trailhead
- Day Parking
- RV parking is available
- Overnight parking is prohibited
- Picnic Tables are available near the observation platform overlooking Tatoosh Island at the end of the trail
- There are no garbage cans along the trail. Please pack out your litter
Expect boardwalks, stairs, and dirt sections. There is an overall elevation loss of 200 feet. A moderate amount of exertion is required to get back to the parking lot.
Directions to Cape Flattery Trail
Continue through town heading west along Bay View Avenue for 1 mile. Bay View Avenue becomes Cape Flattery Road if you follow the yellow lines on the pavement. The road will turn sharply left then after 0.1 miles turn sharply right once you get to the west side of the main downtown area. Follow the signs past the clinic for 0.1 miles and turn sharply left again and follow the road along the foot of Bahokus Peak. You will be on Cape Flattery Road. Continue for another 5.1 miles to the trailhead.
Please be respectful and do not remove natural items such as, but not limited to plant, animals or shells. Please do not litter or drive on the beaches. Please limit your activities to designated visitor facilities.