Kalaloch is one of those campgrounds where planning six months ahead can really pay off. If you score one of the bluff campsites, you have pretty good privacy and a view of the ocean and beach 24×7. I did not have one of those sites. But I could still hear waves crashing all the time, so that was cool enough.
Kalaloch is remote and rugged. The nearest convenience store is 7 miles away, the nearest showers 28 miles. While there is the Lodge and a tiny grocery store 1/4 mile south of the campsite, be prepared for few choices and top dollar pricing.
And remember that Kalaloch is in a rain forest. So it is mostly damp, often rainy, and clouds come and go, usually more prevalent than blue skies.
Despite all that, it’s totally worth it. Miles of beach walking, tide pools to the north, crazy geological rock formations, it’s a beach lover’s dream.
Get out early in the morning, and it’s just you and maybe a few dogwalkers out there.
Sunset, if the clouds allow it, is amazing, and about 2 dozen of us watched it from the A loop bluff, where we aimed cameras to try and capture the spectacle, but no one lens could capture the breadth of the beach and the ocean that eye can see.
It might be a lot of time and energy to get here, but if it looks good to you, then go!
KALALOCH (OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK)
- Location: Between Forks (north) and Queets (south)
- Sites along the edge are the best for sunset views. Each loop has a path down to miles of sandy beach.
- Services: No electricity or water at sites. Dump station and bath houses have potable water. Bath houses have toilets but no showers. Garbage bin at dump station.
- Cell service: 1-2 bars Verizon, 0 AT&T, 0 T-Mobile
- Propane refills: Available at the Lodge store (ask inside)
- Groceries: Stock up before you come! The Lodge store has some things (but pricey). Grocery stores are in Forks, so 45 minutes drive north.