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. 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 parks 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
This natural setting is beyond words. Otherworldly, the edge of civilization, windswept, utterly fresh. Campsites and bathrooms are fine, just, as if not to compete with the view. There are no hookups, but who cares when you are literally in paradise? The beach is like a dream. Wished so much that we had more time to explore…
The campground was chuckabluck full. We came at about 3:30 to see if there were any cancelled sites available on a first-come-first-served basis. I got in line, as the registration booth said “back at 5:15”. Soon there was a crowd waiting. Everyone was tense at first due to the competition for the unknown, but very friendly and encouraging.
Then, a miracle happened: a woman walked up to the crowd and said, “Are you all looking for a site for one night? I have ten pre-paid sites that were for my wedding guests - we got married here yesterday - does anyone want one?” We all raised our hands in utter shock, and she began doling out these free sights.
(Christina, I came by your campsite that evening to thank you with a nice bottle of Port, but you had already left. I hope you read this, you really blessed us! We will never forget your kindness and generosity! Congratulations on your wedding, in such a magical spectacular setting!)
We will definitely return as often as possible to this amazing place. (With reservations next time!)
Try to get there early in the weekend so you can get one of the cliff side camp sites! Beautiful beach. Can get crowded quickly though.
Kalaloch along with South Beach are the only places to camp on the southern coast of Olympic National Park. Kalaloch is open year-round, and has 175 campsites, four of which are wheelchair accessible. Make sure to reserve a site as early on in the year as possible, as they fill up quickly and most are booked throughout the summer.
what is there to do…..Recreation: Hiking the southern coast of the Olympic Peninsula provides some amazing sights of the pristine beaches and marine wildlife. North of Ruby Beach, the Hoh River creates a natural boundary.
Kalaloch is a great place for bird watching. Western gulls, bald eagles, and other coastal birds can be spotted nesting and feeding along the southern coast. Beach 4 is an excellent location to tidepool looking for seastars, and anemones of various colors can be seen at low tiedes. Also if you love rocks and drift wood, this is the place for you!
Absolutely beautiful. The Living Tree is a must see. Bathrooms are clean and campsites are well kept. Ocean front campsites are wonderful! There is a campstore with all the necessities.