Cape Flattery – Relaxing Birthday Weekend Trip 2020

Known for its magnificent views of deep coves and giant sea stacks with waves constantly crashing shore, Cape Flattery is the place you must visit if you are ever in Seattle.

From Seattle, there are a few ways to get to Cape Flattery. Driving usually takes about 4 hours, so a trip to Cape Flattery can totally be done in a day since the hike is easy. I take the WSDOT ferry from Edmonds/Kingston to cut the driving in half. There’s a fee to park the car and $7/person. If you have a weekend, do plan on staying over somewhere in the Olympic Peninsula for the night.

CAPE FLATTERY

Olympic Peninsula

Cape Flattery is a 20-minute trail, 1.5 miles round-trip, heavily trafficked and is good for all skill levels.

Please note that Cape Flattery Trail is currently closed due to COVID-19 (effective Monday, March 16, 2020, and until further notice), so please stay home, stay healthy until it is safe to travel again.
Check for trail opening and conditions: Makah, AllTrails, and WTA.

Located in Clallam County on the Olympic Peninsula, Cape Flattery is preserved by the Makah Indian Nation. It is NOT a part of the Olympic National Park, so you will need to purchase a Makah Recreation Pass and make sure to follow local rules and regulations.

I purchase mine at the Makah Museum for $10, so check HERE for other pick-up locations and opening hours.

And of course, plan accordingly since the weather in PNW can be unexpected and be prepared for a lot of driving. You might want to download the Google Map of the area ahead of time, music, or podcast episodes since you will most likely encounter areas with no signal. Enjoy the photos!

This view is my favorite since it truly feels like I’m standing on the edge of the world. Truly amazing!
“Hole-In-The-Wall” Viewpoint

 270-degree view of the Cape Flattery Lighthouse on Tatoosh Island, directly offshore
Cliffs and coves looking North from Cape Flattery 
View of Washington Coast Coves from an overlook deck

February was my birthday month, and I felt so blessed to have gone away and had such a relaxing time.

The weather that day was not the best as it kept raining, and there were no signs of the sun or clear sky. Well, the sun did actually showed up a little bit, but it was gone after 10 minutes. We booked a place to spend the night in Sekiu since it got dark quite quickly. There was only one restaurant that opened for the season, and wifi was also limited at our hotel.

Port Angeles is probably the nearby city that I’d recommend you to stay in since it’s a bigger city and there are a lot more food options to choose from.

MY OUTFITS: For my outfit at Cape Flattery, I wore a very cozy reversible puffy coat from 3.1. Philip Lim. I layered a Brandy Melville navy half-zip sweater and matched it with a pair of comfy leggings from Lulu Lemon. Hiking boots and warm socks are not necessary since you’d be walking mostly on boardwalks, stairs, and just some dirt roads.

For the next day, I had on a very colorful and fun cable knit sweater from Monse, a comfy pair of Lulu Lemon leggings and my Nike Air Force Low Sage.

We got hit by the snow on our way to Olympic National Park, and unfortunately, it was still closed for the winter season. We decided to cut the trip short and headed back to Seattle by noon on Sunday, my birthday. Click HERE to find out what restaurant I went to for my birthday dinner.

OUTFIT 1: boots: KEEN | socks: SMARTWOOL | sweater: BRANDY MELVILLE | jacket: 3.3 PHILLIP LIM* | legging: LULU LEMON

OUTFIT 2: sweater: MONSE* | leggings: LULU LEMON | sneakers: NIKE

Items marked with * are rental pieces from Rent The Runway. Use code RTRAN for $100 off your monthly Unlimited subscription.
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