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. It is a good choice for those looking for Kalaloch or Ruby Beach camping. 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.
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.
Loved this place! We visited for our 2nd wedding anniversary and were not disappointed. Amazing views! Salty air and were put to sleep by the sound of waves every night. Be prepared to reserve your spot 6 months in advance and there is no guarantee on good weather. Happy adventuring!! **no showers for those who may need them.
This is a gorgeous site! Definitely fills up fast in the summer but it is definitely worth a stay. Loved Ruby beach and even though it was overcast 1/2 the day we still had an amazing time. The coast is just so beautiful!
We stayed here only for one night because of the rain we left several days early. We had hoped to visit Olympic Nat'l Park and go hiking. During our short visit at Kalaloch, we enjoyed playing on the beach and playing under the roots of a famous tree cave. There are lots of sites - no hookups, restrooms with no shower facilities and a pay dump station. Some sites overlook the water but there is a steep drop to get down to the beach.
This campground is super nice, right on the beach. Make reservations though since it can fill up during the summer fast. Beautiful spot. you won't regret it.
First off, let me say that I'm definitely no stranger to campgrounds filling up quickly. I frequently camp in Zion and Arches, and those campgrounds fill up super fast- but NOTHING fills up faster than the beach access sites at Kalaloch. We camped there on a Tuesday night in August (so summer, but not a weekend) and of the 8-10 beach access sites that were available when I looked the night before I booked (six months in advance), every single one of them was gone when I got on within 10 minutes of reservations going live. It was INSANE. So I had to scramble, and booked a couple of sites next to each other (since we were camping with a group that was too large for a single campsite). I've never experienced anything quite like the speed with which this campground filled up. If you want a beach access campsite, I would definitely recommend being right on time and being ready to go! One disclaimer I should give is also that I didn't spend an extraordinary amount of time in this campground. We arrived pretty late at night (in the dark, around 10pm) and left early-ish in the morning (around 830/9). and didn't have much time to explore around the campground. So my review might not be the most complete, but I'll give it based on the knowledge that I have. My biggest complaint (which is a common-ish one for me, but this campground was the worst I've experienced) was that the tent area was absolutely rock hard. I'm by no stretch of the imagination an incredibly strong woman, but I really struggled to get the stakes into the ground for our tent. In a wet coastal environment where you want to stay dry, staking out your tent and fly is important, and it was really frustrating trying to get those dang stakes into that hard ground, especially in the dark. Another small gripe, that may have been magnified by the fact that we had just stayed in the very secluded Newhalem Campground in the North Cascades the night before, was that the campsites we stayed in (A055 and A056) were pretty much right on the side of the road though the campground. We essentially parallel parked, and set up our tents maybe 15 feet from the road. The sites were a little small (in fact one member of our group sneaked farther back into the bushes to set up his tarp and sleeping pad in a little more seclusion and space) and being right along the road definitely made at least those sites not a place I'd want to relax in. This is likely one campground where the site you're in can make or break your experience. My last small gripe is going to sound outrageously vain, but the bathrooms were a little small, there was only one sink, and the only mirror was above the sink. I like to have a mirror to make sure my face is clean and my hair looks decent, but I don't necessarily need a sink. When I went to the bathroom in the morning a woman spent almost 15 minutes standing in front of the only mirror, washing her face and doing her hair. It would've been nice to have had another mirror so she didn't "hog" the sink and the only mirror. The GOOD THINGS about this campground are the accessibility to the amazing beach, nice paved roads (so no dust), and lots of greenery. The air felt very fresh and clean here, and it was a cool experience for those of us from the desert to sleep in a place with so much green! The bathrooms were also very clean (if small) and the campground's directions were straightforward and clear.
There were so many campgrounds to choose from in the park, we didn’t get to stay in them all, but this campground is at the top of our list for next time. The views were beautiful. It actually takes reservations, which most of the campground in the area do not.
We stayed at campsite c-15. It was really big with tons of logs for my kids to climb and had creek access as well. Some of the other sites were pretty tiny so we really got lucky with this site. It's a short walk to the beach or evening program as well. Not much road noise and it was well shaded under the trees. That being said it did rain while we were there so because of the tree cover it didn't dry very well either. Not a negative - just something to be prepared for. Many of the beach adjacent sites are not shaded and subjected to the ocean winds. There was minimal road noise and you could hear the ocean at night!. Only thing that would make it better would be showers!
I have a great day. I sleep in and water is good to hear and see