Cape Flattery is considered to be the northwesternmost point of the lower 48 states, at the very tip of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington.
A narrow winding road through the woods leads to the trailhead and a small parking area. The resort and trail are both located on Makah Indian Reservation so you’ll need to obtain a Recreation Permit and display it in your window when parking.
The passes currently cost $10 and are good for the entire calendar year. You can pick one up from Hobuck Beach Resort, as well as other places across the reservation.
Ten pull-through RV sites are offered at Hobuck Resort with full hookups. They’re available on a first come, first served basis, on the south end of the beach directly facing the Pacific Ocean.
Rates are currently $40 a night for a site with full hookups, but they also have a large fenced meadow near the north end of the facility with dry camping spots for tents, trailers, and campervans.
A variety of cabins are offered at the resort as well. They have a homey, rustic feel to them with modern amenities like a flatscreen TV. Each one is furnished with a stocked kitchenette (minus food) and a comfy queen bed. Some cabins can also accommodate larger groups and guests with pets.
Other cabins feature a front deck with chairs, picnic tables, and fire pits. Most have breathtaking views of the ocean with a private sandy beach just across the way. You can read more about each one on their website here.
Take a few hours during your stay to stroll the resort’s tranquil sandy beach. It has a wide open landscape with forested bluffs and the Pacific Ocean stretching out as far as the eye can see.
Here you can walk across the sand, admire the waves rolling in, warm up by a fire pit, or just lay back and watch the sun setting over the horizon, reflecting off the water.
Cape Flattery, just north, is an easy nature walk through the woods. The trail’s only a mile and a half round trip with barely any elevation, making it doable by hikers of all ages and skill levels.
The trip begins by leading through the forest, and eventually reaches a wooden boardwalk that can be slippery when wet (so be sure to watch your step).
Along the way, a few boardwalks venture slightly off the main trail to wooden observation decks. The platforms give dramatic views of the bluffs, sea stacks, and sea caves. Depending on the time of year, you can also occasionally spot gray whales.
You’ll pass three observation decks before reaching the final platform. It’s a small climb up to the last deck, but from the top, you’re officially standing on the northwesternmost point of the contiguous states.
From the final platform, you can see Tatoosh Island sitting a half mile off-shore with Cape Flattery Lighthouse (which is now deactivated). Just to the right of the large final platform, there’s also a small area where you can find more scenic views and photo ops.
There’s plenty more to see in the area. Shi Shi Beach, another stretch of Washington’s northern coast, is only about 3 and a half miles from Hobuck Beach Resort.
From the trailhead, it’s a decent four-mile hike through coastal forest to the beach. The rugged beach is lined with driftwood and huge sea stacks topped with trees. About a half hour south of Shi Shi Beach, you can also find the westernmost point of the contiguous states, Cape Alava.
If no sites are available at Hobuck Resort, you can find more pet-friendly spots for tents, RVs, and trailers at The Hideaway RV Park about a mile away. They’re open year-round with fees ranging from $10 to $30.
For more information on Hobuck Beach Resort, check out their website here and see what other campers said on Campground Reviews. You can also find more details on the Cape Flattery hike from Washington Trails Association.