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Cape Flattery

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Looking north from Cape Flattery (bobcat)
Tatoosh Island from Cape Flattery (bobcat)


The cliff top viewpoint from an observation platform here at the continental U.S.'s northwesternmost point takes in a rugged coastline of cliffs, coves, stacks and caves and a vista towards Tatoosh Island and its decommissioned lighthouse half a mile out to sea. On a good day, the outline of Vancouver Island looms to the north. Look for seals and sea lions in the waters below or on Tatoosh Island if you have binoculars. Keep your eyes open for cormorants, murres, guillemots, and puffins in the churning surf or in nesting perches on the cliffs. You may even be lucky enough to spot a sea otter floating in the swells!

Cape Flattery was named on March 22nd, 1778, by Captain James Cook, who "flattered" himself that he would soon find a calm port (He was mistaken). The peninsula guards the southern entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and to the south, out of sight of hikers, is the spectacular Fuca Pillar.

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