On our way to the northwesternmost point of the contiguous United States, we stopped at the Makah Museum in Neah Bay, Washington. Understandably, we could not take photos of the exhibits in this museum that told the story of the Makah Nation.
Whales formed the heart of the tribe's culture, and there are many artifacts and displays that tell the story of how vital the whale was to the survival of the community. Because of the importance of whaling, the Makah ceded hundreds of thousands of acres of its traditional lands in a treaty in 1855 in exchange for the treaty-reserved whaling rights.
And it is on this reservation that the trail to Cape Flattery is located. From a brochure about the Cape Flattery Trail: "The Makah Tribe's long-awaited renovation of the Cape Flattery trail is complete.