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 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.
We arrived really late and the campground was unfortunately full. It was 11pm so we drove around anyway. Lucky for us someone with reservations didn't show so we got an amazing spot with a fantastic view of the ocean. Spots are close together but have natural barriers in between them. Our site had a fire ring and a picnic bench. The beach is clean and fantastic for walking our dogs. My only complaint was that the camp hoast was fairly rude. Other than that we loved it.
We loved our cabin and the cozy restaurant/gift shop. It was always quiet and staff was very friendly. We loved it here and the beach offered great tidal pools!
absolutely amazing campground, you will feel like you're in narnia! Definitely book this campsite early so you can get a beachside site. you will literally have an oceanview as your background for your stay.
Beautiful! Awesome view!
Campground spaces are close together, but you can feel the ocean breeze and hear the waves crashing. Campground fills up fast so get there early. Eat at the Kalaloch lodge!
Awesome place to camp! Camp spot overlooked the ocean!
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!!