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Olympic Peninsula, Wa

Kalaloch Beach and Caves

HIKE KALALOCH BEACH

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Kalaloch Beach is one of the iconic beach areas on the Olympic Peninsula, but not because of the hiking. Typically, people know it for the campground and the lodge, which both sit high on a bluff looking down to the sandy beaches below. If people knew that an awesome hike existed here, this place might be even more crowded on a sunny summer day.

 

At the beach, head north from the campground, keeping the bluffs and Highway 101 to your right. The road is near, but after about a mile, the noise fades away as the beach gets protected by bluffs and trees. This hike needs to be done as the tide is going out, so check the tides before you start hiking. At high tide, the views are nice, but access to caves and tide-pools is not available. At low tide, the caves, some with a roof made of a tree root, are fun to explore, as are the tide-pools, which are full of colorful starfish and sea anemones.

 

If hikes on the beach aren’t your cup of tea, try this hike during the winter, when wind and heavy rains dump down from the sky as sea foam and giant waves crash along the beach. Sure, this beach doesn’t have the dramatic sea-stacks and tidepools that other Olympic National Park beaches have, but it is still quite pretty. Whether you live nearby or across the world, no trip to Kalaloch is complete without walking in the rain.

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QUICK FACTS

 

Directions: http://goo.gl/maps/YJ8CF

Distance: 2 Miles

Elevation Gain: 25 Feet

Best Camp Spot: D-24

 

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