The Makah tribe has lived on the Washington coast near Cape Alava for centuries. The petroglyphs remind us of the centrality of the whale in Makah culture. The Cape Alava area is a significant archeological site. In 1970 evidence of numerous longhouses were discovered which had once been buried in a mudslide along the coast. They were part of a village called Ozette. Many of the artifacts now reside in a museum in Neah Bay, WA which documents the culture of the Makah who were seafarers and whale hunters. A visit to Wedding Rock can be part of a nine mile hike called the Ozette Triangle which features boardwalk trials through the rainforest to and from the coast. One heads west for three miles to Cape Alava, then south one mile along the coast to Wedding Rock (pay attention to the tides!), further two more miles to Sand Point (many raccoons), then back on the boardwalk to the trailhead. Keep an eye out for eagles along the way.
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