Last Labor Day we decided to make our first trip out to the Olympic Peninsula. My grandparents lived in Sequim and I’d visited them many times, so I was excited to go back and visit a few places that I’d spent a lot of time at as a kid.
Our first stop was Salt Creek Recreation Area. This is such a fun place to camp and hike, and they have some of the coolest tide pools I’ve ever seen. It’s a beautiful area that I’d highly recommend if you are visiting the Peninsula.
The tide pools are filled with tons of these anemones!
It was just like I remembered!
The tide was coming in and quickly erasing the beach, so we weren’t able to go out very far, but it was still fun to walk around where we could and look at the tide pools.
After spending some time at Salt Creek, we decided to make the drive all the way out to Cape Flattery, the northwesternmost point of the continental U.S.! The drive along the coast to get there was beautiful.
Cape Flattery is located on the Makah Indian Reservation. It’s a short 0.75 mile hike through the forest to get out to the main lookout point. Smaller lookouts along the way had amazing views as well!
From the furthest lookout point you can see Tatoosh Island, named after a Makah chief.
Here’s the view of Tatoosh Island as we were driving away.
Both Salt Creek and Cape Flattery are great places to visit out on the Olympic Peninsula. Hurricane Ridge is another of my favorites – read about it here!
Distance: 1.5 miles roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Location: Olympic Peninsula