Monday, September 21, 2009

Cape Flattery

Cape Flattery
Location: Makah Indian Res., Neah Bay, Washington
Duration: 1 Day
Season: Year round
Distance: ~2 miles, round trip
Difficulty: Easy

Hiking Cape Flattery offers approximately 6 miles round-trip, through a temperate rain forest and along the top of sea cliffs and giant caves, climaxing with a view of Tatoosh Island and lighthouse (the most Northwestern point of the continental United States).
From the many vantage points along the cliffs, hikers can view otters, sea lions, giant ocean caves and occasionally migrating whales. Part of an ecosystem stretching from Oregon to Alaska, the rain forest seldom sees temperatures below freezing in the winter or exceeding 80 degrees in the summer.
Travel is through a jungle like forest, along a mix of trail, stepping stone paths and moss covered boardwalk. Navigation is simple, the only clear path is on the main trail (you would have a tough time making it without a maintained trail) and vantage points are protected with guard rails.
The trail receives regular maintenance, but with so much rain (140 to 167 inches annually, bring rain gear), the trail can still wear down, so watch out for broken planks and worn sections.
Also, beware of slippery spots, Vibram soles do not give traction on wet or moss covered planks, roots or rocks. Pets are allowed on leash.
Directions: From Port Angeles take 101 west to Highway 112, go west on 112 to Neah Bay and on the west end of town there are signs for the Cape. Take a left at the sign and follow this road around the hill and past the tribal center, until it turns into a dirt road. At the dirt road, continue uphill until you see the signs and parking area for the trailhead.

For a map, pictures and more info click on Cape Flattery

See you on the trail,

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