My View of the Pacific; It Was a Terrific Hike I Love

September 22, 2022

One of my favorite images from Cape Flattery, WA

Cape Flattery view of the Pacific by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

I originally discovered this magical place back in the late 90s. Circumstances took me to Seattle, and I explored many of its Grunge roots.

But one thing is clear. I have always had an affinity for nature.

There are no people, its smell, its sounds, its energy, the adventure.

By circumstance, I was invited to travel several hours North West of Seattle to a place called Cape Flattery.

If you are leaving Seattle, you can take the car ferry across Puget Sound to Bainbridge Island.

Bainbridge Island is another magical place, in my opinion, aside from Cape Flattery, but I will save that story for another day.

If you proceed North West, you will come close to Olympic National Park and move to a reservation. The reservation is for the Makah tribe.

The recreational permit to enter the reservation is only USD $20 and is suitable for the entire calendar year.

Once you enter the reservation, follow the signs until you reach Cape Flattery. It is the North West most point of the continental United States before you leave to visit Alaska.

The Cape Flattery hike is magical. You will pass lush, dramatic backdrops as you travel toward the ocean. You can find more information about the walk here.

Once you reach the ocean, you will see the deep blue water of the Pacific. I have traveled a lot and never seen water so blue.

One of my other favorite parts of the Cape Flattery hike is the islands that jut out of the Pacific like small mountains. I had never seen anything like this before visiting Cape Flattery.

I remember the smell of the pine trees. The drift of the current in the water as I stood in the breeze at the lookout point. I sat for hours and listened to nature stories. And this location quickly found its way to my heart as one of my favorite places on the planet.

If you visit, make sure to go early. Earlier in the day is more tranquil, and you will find fewer hikers on the trail. It is said that the trees whisper from time to time.

Listen to their secrets.

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
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