Cape Alava Trip Report
Cape Alava, Washington - westernmost point in the Lower 48 states
Date: August 20, 2009
Author: Dave Covill
Raft Voyage to the Offshore Islands
Participants include Don Nelsen and the author.
A principle reference is
Don Nelsen's Cape Alava photo album.
Note particularly the photos from shore near the end with Don's high-price
zoom digital camera of the Bodalteh Islands. Note also the shots from the
crummy waterproof camera of the Bodalteh Islands taken from the side angle
view on Ozette Island. Obviously, there are about 4 major islands,
and 1 minor rocky hump that seems to stick up about 20 feet.
The 4 big ones all stick up over about 100 feet.
Note also the waves out there, versus the quiet water closer toshore.
While we "could" kayak to it, we would need a very calm day, with an
on-shore wind. The low tide seems to make a big difference in the inner area,
but it may or may not provide help out by the last Bodalteh Islands.
I can see a big difference in the waves in our photos, and on the Google
Earth map view of the area.
I was able to go to Google Earth Maps, and view the area. Pretty decent resolution,
although not exceptional. You can see several small rocky islets
off of the last wooded one. I believe the furthest one is not even visible
on Don's best blow up zoom photo. The tall rock with steep cliffs is
visible through a gap, and appears to be the western-most high island.
There are about 3 lower, roughly 20 foot tall ones, around it.
The project may be best accomplished via a small boat charter from Neah Bay
by Cape Flattery 15 miles to the North.