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Kalaloch Beach

Kalaloch Beach Kalaloch Beach

Kalaloch is one of the most visited areas of Olympic National Park.  Both Kalaloch and Ruby Beach are located on the southwest coast of the Olympic Peninsula.  They are accessible directly off of Highway 101 (directions).  Ruby is a pebble beach and the stacks are the ones typically seen in Washington state brochures because of their breathtaking beauty.  Kalaloch Beach is a very wide, sandy beach; it is where you take your blanket and your picnic basket to sleep on the beach to let the waves of the Pacific Ocean heal you and wash away your stress.  It is magical and amazing.

Marine Life

The marine environment and offshore islands are protected by three national wildlife refuges and the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. The refuges manage the islands visible above high tide for 135 miles along the coast.


You can obtain information on the beach facilities, trails, camping areas, and the regulations by going to the the Kalaloch brochure (pdf).

Campgrounds at Kalaloch and 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. South Beach, just south of Kalaloch, has about 50 campsites and is open Memorial Day until late September.

Kalaloch area has two campgrounds, a concession-operated lodge, a ranger station with exhibits and information desk (open daily in summer), a picnic area, as well as self-guided nature trails.

Hiking the Southern Coast of Washington

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.

Bird Watching

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.



  1. When I was younger I installed a wall mural that showed a life size view of part of the rainforest in Olympic National Park. Thanks for showing me this side of it. It’s such a beautiful place!

  2. Just stunning… I always wanted to visit when I lived in the area, but never made it.

    But, love the fact that you have Izzy on your page! (I grew up in the South Pacific.) Just adore him.

  3. Beautiful beach for outdoor activities!

  4. Wow what an interesting area one should go visit…

  5. This sounds like a wonderful place to visit, and your photograph looks so peaceful.

  6. It is an amazing place to visit for its healing powers and is a great place to bring a camera. The sea stacks on Ruby Beach which is just north of Kalaloch is one of the most photographed spots in all of Washington.
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  7. This was always a very special place to my family. Whenever we visited from Michigan, we would stay in the primitive campground. It had no electricity, pit toilets, and just down the road from the campground with the spiffy campsites and showers, but we loved it there.

  8. All of your posts are exquisite!!!!!
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  9. Looks like a lovely place!
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  10. I like this post, but I was absolutely fascinated by the cardinal video that was running on the side. Did you add that, or was that just random?
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    • I have been trying to id birds and have found that they move so quickly that many times I have difficulty seeing them well enough to feel positive. I was encouraged to listen to them and that has worked out really well. I have been pulling YouTube videos for this purpose. The Cardinal video I included was part of my research.

  11. I can’t wait to get back there. Hopefully in the next few months…

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