Cape Alava

Cape Alava is the westernmost point of the continental U.S. Located in Olympic National Park and the Ozette Indian Reservation, the Cape is accessible via a 3.5 mile hike along the Ozette Loop. The spectacular beaches at Cape Alava feature petroglyphs and abundant marine mammals sightings. Grey whales can be seen off the coast in late spring and summer on their migration to summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea.

Where the Whales Are

From the beach at Cape Alava, you might see gray whales during summer and fall, orcas any time of year. Sea otters are commonly seen at Cape Alava, too. Farther offshore, great whales like blues, humpbacks, fin and sperm whales pass through the waters of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. These whales are rarely seen from shore, though - even with great binoculars!

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Address / Contact

Olympic National Park Visitor Center

3002 Mt Angeles Rd

Port Angeles

WA 98362

(360) 565-3130


Cape Alava is open year-round.

Park Information

Marine Mammals Commonly Seen Here

Marine Mammals Occasionally Seen Here

Marine Mammals Rarely Seen Here

The Whale Trail is a nonprofit organization in partnership with
Partners NOAA Seattle Aquarium People for Puget Sound Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife The Whale Museum National Marine Sanctuaries