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.
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.