The One Washington Site You Must See

The One Washington Site You Must See

If you don’t go anywhere else in Washington State, you must see the northern most tip of the Olympic Peninsula in Neah Bay.  It is a mile-and-a-half hike after you get to the very end of the road through some of the most breathtaking forest in the United States.  I would argue that it even beats the Redwood Forest in California.  At the end of the trail, a lookout station gives you a view of an island lighthouse and panoramic views of Vancouver Island on a clear day.  We had heard tales of whale watching and seals, so we were thrilled to find these tales were true.  Whales come right up to the cliffs to feed, and the seals perch on a little rock within view by binoculars. 

Things I wished I had taken with me to Neah Bay:

  • Muck boots – it’s very wet and muddy along the trail.  The path is well furnished with stepping stones and wooden bridges, but there are places you just can’t get around the mud
  •  A 70-300 zoom lens – I tried to get a shot through the telescope provided – not possible.  Bring your zoom and a good memory card.
  • A book on native plants – There were so many species there that I had never seen.   I would have liked to have identified them with a native plant book.

On your way back through the Neah Bay, it is very important that you stop at the Makah Indian Tribe museum.  The tale of the people who live there can be read through well preserved artifacts found in a 500+ year old village that had been destroyed by mudslide.  It was quite amazing to see how advanced the Makah were during this time period, and how well traveled.  Their trade routes took them into Alaska and California as well as several states inland.  To have lived in such a harsh environment without modern conveniences, these people showed great stamina and skill. 

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