Hobuck Beach

Located in Neah Bay, Washington on the very tip of the Olympic Peninsula. It's a launch point for kayaking along the coast and a great place to practice kayak surf techniques. The beach and trail to Cape Flattery are great day hikes, especially for families with young children.The Makah Tribe has a resort and campground at the beach with over 500 camp spots.

Getting there

From US 101 ~5 miles west of Port Angeles, turn right onto SR 112, drive 38 miles and turn right to stay on SR 112, drive 22 miles and turn right to stay on SR 112, and drive 3 miles into Neah Bay. At the west end of Neah Bay and the end of SR 112, turn right onto 3rd Ave and then left onto Cape Flattery Road. Turn left on Hobuck Beach Road, take a right at the Y interaction after the bridge, and drive 0.5 mile to Hobuck Beach.

on the trail

cape flattery

1.5 miles round trip with 200 feet of elevation gain

An easy, 1.5 mile hike with 200 ft in elevation gain to the most northwestern point in the lower 48 states. The point is surrounded by boiling ocean offering views of seabirds, sea stacks and possible glimpses of marine mammals such as whales, sea lions and otters. Drive northwest 5.7 miles on Cape Loop Road from Hobuck Beach Resort  to the Cape Flattery trailhead.

sea kayaking

launch points

  • Hobuck Beach: Launch directly from the beach and paddle around the bay, head to points to the south, or north to Cape Flattery and Tatoosh Island.
  • Warmhouse/Neah Bay: Launch from the harbor jetty behind the Warmhouse Restaurant or from the west side of the west jetty. Descend dirt path to protected beach. One must round Waddah Island. On the north side of Waddah is a reef that can cause the swell to suddenly stand up and break.
  • West Jetty: Continue through town along waterfront, then stay to the right and take dirt road to base of west jetty. From the west end of the west jetty, access is a little challenging with basketball-sized rocks at the beach, but this trims off some distance and the need to round Waddah Island.

hobuck beach

  • From the campground, there is increasing surf height moving further south down the beach and decreasing surf height moving north.
  • Surf height is generally higher on incoming tides.
  • There is competition for surf with the surfers, so general surf etiquette applies.

cape flattery & tatoosh island

  • Between Hobuck Beach and Cape Flattery, there are a series of boomers with which to contend.
  • Between the overlook and the Strait of Juan de Fuca there can be current on the flood, but not on the ebb. This flood current also pervades the region two miles south of the overlook as well, but to a lesser extent.
  • There can be boomers, clipotis, and tidal rapids between the Cape and Tatoosh Island, and one mile south.
  • The northern side of Tatoosh Island hosts a territorial sea lion colony and may not be practical to circumnavigate through only the few choices of passageways.
  • Caves are difficult to enter if the swell is over 3 ft.
  • Caves face various direction so entry may also be dependent on swell direction.
  • Caves are most accessible if the tide level is over 6 ft, but some can be entered with only 4.5 ft of tide level.
  • There are only a few (and tide-dependent) landings between Hobuck Beach and Neah Bay. Tatoosh Island on the north east corner has a place to land, one of which is in a cave. Tatoosh Island is a restricted area; if landing, stay below the high tide line. Just south of Fuca Pillar is a pocket cove protected from the northwest at N48° 22.23'  W124°  43.32'. Entrance is guarded by rocks at low tides but easier to access at high tide. 
  • The cave under the overlook has a beach at the back where you can also land.
  • In addition to the full complement of safety equipment, a waterproof headlamp is helpful inside the caves.

neah bay, West Jetty & waddah Island

In bad weather, paddling around Neah Bay and going out to the Waddah Island or one of the beaches is a good option.


INFORMATION for leaders

Scheduling & Permits

  • If you are scheduling this as a non-course related activity, please limit your group size to the default party size. The maximum party size is for use by course field trips only, and includes both students and instructors. Group size maximums do not reflect how course field trips are run (in smaller groups of students and instructors), but allow for course leaders to register the course in our system.
  • This route allows multiple bookings. Please check scheduled trips listed below in the "Activities" tab to see if there is another group already booked on the same day. If so, please coordinate with them to ensure you are carpooling and teaching at different areas.
  • If you are scheduling a course field trip, please contact our Member Services Team to confirm the field trip and any permitting regulations.
  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking, Sea Kayaking, Youth
  • Seasons: Year-round
  • Weather: View weather forecast.
  • Land Manager: Makah Tribe
  • Parking Permit Required: Indian Reservation
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 50
  • Custom Correct North Olympic Coast
  • Green Trails Cape Flattery No. 98S
  • MapTech Cape Flattery to Whidbey Island No. 103
  • Sea Trails Strait of Juan de Fuca & Crescent Lake WA301
  • Sea Trails Roadless Coast, Neah Bay to Ruby Beach WA302
  • NOAA Cape Flattery No. 18485

Upcoming Activities

Sea Kayak - Cape Flattery & Tatoosh Island

Sea Kayaking Trip
Paddle among world-class caves, sea stacks, partially-exposed rocks (boomers), clipotis, and confused seas. Enter some
Difficulty: Sea Kayak V
Fri, Aug 31, 2018
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
1 participant 0 leaders
Registration closes Aug 29
Tacoma Branch
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