|Last sunset in America, Cape Alava Washington|
Where is the westernmost point in America?
It is much more difficult to pinpoint the exact westernmost point on the Pacific coast. The coasts of northern California, southern Oregon and northern Washington are at essentially the same longitudes. While Oregon and Washington are said to have the "westernmost point" in the lower 48, the westernmost city in America is Eureka, California. So, its actually somewhat of a debate amongst geographers as to what' the true westernmost point.
|Panorama of Cape Alava|
|Sunset on Cape Alava|
Cape Alava can be reached by traveling to Ozette, Washington on the Olympic Peninsula. This seashore is managed by Olympic National Park and there is a visitor center at the trail head. The trail itself is very straightforward and is 3.3 miles to the sea. From the ranger station, you cross a small bridge over the river and turn right at the nearby fork. This is the Cape Alava trail and it is almost entirely on wooden boardwalk planks. The hike itself gives you a very good impression of the vast and lush forests that cover the peninsula. By the scientific definition, this is a true temperate rain forest.
|The coastline of Cape Alava|
|Only a month earlier, I was at the easternmost point in America!|
If you've read my last blog post on West Quoddy Head (https://quincykoetz.com/2011/02/west-quoddy-head-maine-americas-firs/), you might have picked up on my most recent adventure goal. I'm now trying to travel to all the "extreme points" of America. This includes the northernmost and southernmost points in the lower 48 as well. I hope to someday travel to the Northwest Angle of Minnesota and Key West, Florida which would make my adventure complete. Also, in case you were interested, Point Loma, California, is the most southwesterly point in America. Of course, if you include Alaska, Hawaii and outlying territories then this becomes a much more challenging affair. Onward!
Read. Plan. Get Out There!
October 5, 2011 @ 18:00
I found your post while researching the most extreme points of the US. I too have been on a trek to visit the most extreme spots of the lower 48! I have been to Lubec Maine and Key West. And this spring I will be near Bellingham, Wa, so I am hoping to reach the westernmost point. Do you recall if there was a geographical marker in the area that depicts the area as the westernmost point? I like to have photographic evidence!
October 15, 2011 @ 15:51
Hello! I did not see any marker that depicted the westernmost point, but that might be because it is technically on an indian reservation. It definitely is the westernmost point though!
Have you made it to the Northernmost point up in the Northwestern Angle of Minnesota?
February 12, 2016 @ 12:31
Thank you for such a well written article. It’s full of insightful information and entertaining descriptions. Your point of view is the best among many.
Point of Americas
February 20, 2016 @ 16:29
You're welcome! Still one of my favorite places for a sunset in the western US!