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Northwesternmost point of the Olympic Peninsula
From the tribal center, a 10 mile unimproved road goes around Mukkaw Bay and south to Anderson Point and Portage Head. There are still Some concrete bunkers at Portage Head. A seven-mile unimproved road takes you Out to a newly improved Cape Trail that leads out to the point of Cape Flattery - the northwesternmost point of the contiguous United States. Cape Flattery, named by the British captain James Cook in 1778, is the northwestern-most point in the contiguous United States. Cook said the point of land "flattered us with the hopes of finding a harbour"-thus Cape Flattery. A Cape Trail goes through very dense growth of forest to the edge Of the cape where viewing Platforms have been constructed. The Makah Tribe has done a marvelous job with the three-quarter-mile trail making it user-friendly It has been widened in places, and a cedar walkway and steps added where needed. However, it descends to the sheer cliffs near the end and coming back up takes a little effort and a lot of breath. Three viewing platforms are located on the trail. The first looks out to the south, the second to the north and the third has a marvelous view of Tatoosh Island and its lighthouse. A half-mile off shore, Tatoosh lsland's lighthouse was built in 1857. Below, the bluff are Hole-in-the-Wall Cove and Lookthrough-Rock Arch. Tatoosh was named by the British explorer John Meares in 1788 who wished to recognize the principal chief, Tatooche or Tutuzi, then in Neah Bay. The Spanish captain Quimper apparently tried to honor the same chief calling it Isla de Tutusi.