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 regions high annual rainfall. Rain or shine, it is one of the most visited areas of the park.
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 parks 73 miles of coastline lie three national wildlife refuges and one marine sanctuary.
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 camping 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.
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.
This campground is so slammed during the summer camping season that I usually do not get around to going. When half the loops close down for the off season is another story. There are some great spots along the beach, with in a stones throw from the Pacific Ocean. The bathrooms are clean, the showers have great hot water and it is mostly empty off season. The tree covered park is a great place to unwind when needing a nature recharge while away from the city! I love the beach and spend most of my time camping here wondering around in the sand looking for treasures or taking pictures. I usually try to plan a trip with my other VW friends. We share stores of the road, meals made over the fire, our love for Westfalia campers and a cold beer or two. The area has some great sight seeing, beach coaming, great little restaurants, hiking trails and long slow winding roads that call out to me. I make plans to visit at least 4 times a year and I'm never disappointed! I highly recommend this campground if on the Washington coast!
My stay was fantastic!!! Very nice camping in a fairly sheltered area. A lot of tree coverage. Good bathrooms. nnot showers, but you wake up and the beach is right there. Fan tactic sunrise and sunset on the ocean!
Right in the Olympic National Park this place is classic. It always has a bit of a gloomy haze even when the sun is shinning. It's stunning and mysteriously beautiful.
Hiking… tide exploring…
There are only 50 sites in this campground which means you can reserve and actually get a spot and once you get here it's not to over crowded.
Perfect PNW camping experience!! We’re right between wind-swept trees and ocean views. Walking on the trails you get to see rocky beaches, sandy beaches, marine mammals, birds, crabs, far off islands, lush forests, everything. If you’re really lucky you might see sea otters!! They have cabins to rent but we stayed on the smallest loop where sites were big with lots of privacy. Lots of the tent areas are very close to the road, but we didn’t mind. Make sure to bring good rain gear and stake your tent out really well (true of everywhere in the PNW though!!). This is a pretty simple campground but there’s plenty for everyone to do. The kids just played along the beach for two days straight :) We only got reservations because we were visiting local friends who know enough to reserve 6-9 months in advance, so make sure to plan for that!!
This place is beautiful and it rains a lot….because it is a rain forest. But seriously why do we not have showers at incredibly popular National Parks. It is embarassing. Canada has free hot showers and awesome amenities/facilities. We have 30 year old restroom facilities. Also why are we not locking up the garbage better here? Animals in the dumpsters…come on guys!
The group site at Kalaloch is amazing! It's no where near the rest of the campground. There is a gated road that leads you to your private site! Large enough for big groups, and plenty of space to spread out. It's right on a cliff overlooking the ocean so the views are incredible. It's hard to get a reservation in the summer months, but well worth planning ahead to secure this site!
I really enjoyed the it there and the view of the beach is beautiful. Camping was great was only there to set up a hammock and get back on the road. Lots of lighthouses around to check out and hiking. The outcroppings in the ocean are so neat, the water was a bit chilly and it was misty in the mornings and evening down by the beach. This part of the country is so interesting, Never a dull minute.
Beautiful location. Lush and green private sites with easy access to the beach. Lots of logs and features. This place is stunning!
Prepare for rain as it will likely still rain in the summer with cooler evenings.
This is an older campground so the bathrooms are older but they are flush toilets. No showers at this campground.
I loved our night at Kalaloch Campground.
As we made our way up Highway 101, we were able to get a last minute reservation at Kalaloch for the night (which apparently can be rare).
It is about 11 minutes south of Ruby Beach (photos!) and has immediate beach access as well. There are fire pits, picnic tables, potable water and restrooms. No showers however. Its a pretty decent sized campground with over 160 campsites. No cell service at all which is good and bad (depending on if you need to to find the place!)
One of the only campsites on the west coast of Washington that is technically part of/near Olympic National park. We loved it!
These campsites fill up quickly! Although there are rougly 170 sites at this location, only a handful have ocean views. If you want one with an ocean view, get there early. Be warned, though, driftwood can wash up and leave your site a little messy. There was quite a bit of driftwood floating around when I was trying to swim. If the water had been any rougher it would've been dangerous to swim near it.
There are flush toilets on the campground and sites have a picnic table as well as fire ring. You cannot collect driftwood for your fire. You'll have to either purchase it at the ranger station or a convenience store.
The Hoh Rain Forest is about a 45 minute to an hour drive away. However, if that's your primary reason for visiting, there are closer campgrounds available.