Posted by Ken Campbell January 1, 2012 2 Comments 1919 views

The many rocky islets and sea stacks that punctuate the coastal waters between Cape Flattery and Copalis Beach are known collectively as the Flattery Rocks National Wildlife Refuge. According to official counts, there are 870 of these stony outcroppings, some of which are little more than wave-washed reefs, and others – Jagged, Cake, Abbey and Tatoosh – are legitimate islands. (Destruction Island is not designated as part of the Refuge.)
Facts about the Refuge and a short inventory of the species that populate the area can be found here, but what is nearly impossible to relate is how wild this coastline feels. The beaches are windy and immense. The offshore rock gardens are places like no other, with waves exploding on all sides in brilliant, white detonations. The green forest rising behind the initial strip of shoreline is trackless, primeval, and the feeling of watching the rising tide erase your footprints in the sand is like seeing the end of time.
I can’t wait to get back.

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