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KALALOCH, WA

part ofOlympic National Park, National Park Service
Photo: KALALOCH
Status: Open through Tue Jun 16 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Kalaloch Campground is located on the southwest coast of the Olympic Peninsula in Olympic National Park, on a high bluff adjacent to the Pacific Ocean. Although campsites are not directly on the beach, several of them overlook the water and there is beach access within the facility. The campground is large and set amidst a peaceful, coastal forest that thrives on the region's high annual rainfall. Rain or shine, it is one of the most visited areas of the park.

Natural Features:

Kalaloch, meaning "a good place to land" in the Quinault language, has no shortage of natural areas to explore. The Pacific shoreline just below provides ample habitat for marine life: tide pools reveal crabs and sea urchins at low tide; sea otters float on the surface of submerged kelp beds; shorebirds nest on beaches; and whales and dolphins occasionally emerge offshore. Beyond the national park's 73 miles of coastline lie three national wildlife refuges and one marine sanctuary.

Recreation:

Near the campground and lodge, trails and steps descend about 40 ft. to the beach. There are several beaches, tide pools, scenic overlooks and trails to explore. The Kalaloch Creek Nature Trail is a mile-long walk through the forest along Kalaloch Creek, which drains into the ocean. There are accessible lookout points at Ruby Beach and Beach Trail 4.

Kalaloch is known for birding; species such as western gulls and bald eagles are frequently sighted. Visitors may even spot a puffin. Fishing and shellfish harvesting is allowed under state and park regulations.

Swimming is possible, however the Kalaloch area is known for large drifting logs that can pose a threat to swimmers as they wash ashore. Swimmers should also be aware of potentially dangerous rip tides.

Facilities:

Kalaloch Campground is a large facility with 168 campsites, including one group site and four accessible sites. Each site has campfire rings with grates and picnic tables. Food lockers and drinking water are available at campground loop restrooms. There are no hookups at this facility, though a dump station is available for a $5 fee. The nearest shower facility is nine miles away, and campers can purchase firewood and other goods at a nearby general store.

Nearby Attractions:

Olympic National Park has much to explore, including temperate rain forests, ocean shores, sub-alpine mountains, lakes and more. The lush Hoh Rain Forest, as well as the towns of Queets, Quinault and Forks are within a 45-minute drive.

Visiting the Hoh Rain Forest

Olympic National Park

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Campfire Rings
  • Dump Station
  • Fish Cleaning Stations
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • Parking Area
  • Ranger Station
  • Trash Collection
Know Before You Go
  • Campsites with ocean views fill quickly; book early
  • People have been injured or killed by drifting logs washing up on shore; use caution when swimming and do not play on beach logs, especially when the tide is high
  • Gathering wood, including driftwood, is prohibited.
  • Campers with a discount pass must check in at the registration kiosk upon arrival; otherwise, they may go directly to their reserved campsite
  • Campers must call 360-962-2030 if they will arrive later than 7 p.m. on the first reserved night; multiple-night reservations will be cancelled if they do not call and do not arrive by 8 a.m. on the following day
  • When hiking the coast, always check the tides (current charts available at the Kalaloch Information Station); certain areas may become impassable during high tides and overland trails must be used
  • Riptides are common; swim at your own risk
  • The ranger station is open during summer and provides information about the area's natural and cultural resources; call 360-962-2283 for hours of operation
  • Visiting Kalaloch and Ruby Beach

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
47.61306, -124.37472
47°36'47"N, 124°22'29"W

Kalaloch Campground is on Highway 101, 34 miles south of Forks, Washington, and 73 miles north of Aberdeen, Washington.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

KALALOCH
HWY 101
Mile Post Marker157683  WA  98331-9354

Phone Number:

Information:  (360)565-3132
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