Just off Highway 101 on the southwestern coast of the Olympic Peninsula lies Kalaloch and Ruby Beach. This area is incredibly important ecologically. It’s home to thousands of marine species. The 135-mile long coastline is even protected by not one, not two, but three national wildlife refuges and the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary.
Located along Olympic National Park’s 73 miles of coastline, lies Kalaloch, a very popular place for tourists, hikers and campers. If you happen to visit Kalaloch Campground, there’s a pretty special tree located along the beach. From the campground, there’s a trial and steps that take you 40 feet down towards the beach. Along the beach you’ll come to this tree, which is still growing despite a very large gulch that developed underneath it. There’s no official name for the tree, so we’ve been calling it Tree Root Cave.
Kalaloch is Quinault for “a good place to land.” The campground is open all year long and has 175 campsites. Some of which are wheelchair-accessible. These campsites fill up fast, so best to book early to reserve a spot. And there’s also Kalaloch Lodge, which is located directly on the beach.
Close to Kalaloch are the Hoh River Trail, and loads of small Pacific Northwest towns to explore, like Quinault and Forks. All less than an hour away.
I never thought I'd say this, but I can relate to this tree. Just hanging in there...