“amazingly weird natural phenomenon”
This incredible tree is easily accessible on the beach at Kalaloch campground. In fact there are quite a few amazing natural features in this area. Kalaloch, meaning "a good place to land" in the Quinault language, has no shortage of natural areas to explore. The Pacific shoreline just below provides ample habitat for marine life: tide pools reveal crabs and sea urchins at low tide; sea otters float on the surface of submerged kelp beds; shorebirds nest on beaches; and whales and dolphins occasionally emerge offshore. Beyond the national park's 73 miles of coastline lie three national wildlife refuges and one marine sanctuary. Near the campground and lodge, trails and steps descend about 40 ft. to the beach. There are several beaches, tide pools, scenic overlooks and trails to explore. The Kalaloch Creek Nature Trail is a mile-long walk through the forest along Kalaloch Creek, which drains into the ocean. There are accessible lookout points at Ruby Beach and Beach Trail 4. Olympic National Park has much to explore, including temperate rain forests, ocean shores, sub-alpine mountains, lakes and more. The lush Hoh Rain Forest, as well as the towns of Queets, Quinault and Forks are within a 45-minute drive.
Very pretty, however, crappy directions and the GPS is WAY off--don't even bother using it. Because of this, we had an amazingly beautiful walk on the beach... so I'm not complaining too much.
Getting there: The tree is at the northern portion of the Kalaloch campground. If you're not camping there, go to the lodge, walk down the steps to the beach, and then walk NORTH along the beach. It's about .5 mile from the lodge.
This is worth going to see! The easiest way to get there is to go into the Kalaloch Campground and pull straight ahead into the parking lot. Off to the left is a trail down to the beach. At the bottom, take a RIGHT and walk for a couple minutes and you'll see it off to the right. It's amazing! The entire beach is pretty incredible.
Wish I knew about this 2 months ago.... I was just here and missed it! BOO
We really enjoyed visiting the Tree of Life. It was a lot of fun climbing on the downed trees trying to get up and under this beautiful tree. There is a small cave with some water falling underneath it as well. Great photo opportunities! Definitely worth a short stop.
Be prepared and have patients for crowds on weekends. The tree is worth it tho.
So beautifully amazing! Didn’t spend much time on the beach other than the tree. Horrible to say the ocean views were a disappointment after spending the earlier part of the day at Ruby beach.
Great fun! When it’s not whale watching time, I recommend bringing some beach games like volleyball or frisbee. The tree itself is not that big an attraction.
We made a quick stop at the tree root cave. Just a few hundred feet north of the parking lot at the camp grounds. Go at low tide so you can explore the beach as well.
Its cool, but not a make or break for a trip. Kind of just a weird side trip. We only went for it since we were camping at Kalaloch. If you are not camping there, they do have a day use/picnic area so you do not have to walk from the lodge area if you aren't staying there.
Given the wind and weather in this part of the country, I would suggest going to see it asap-- you just never know! Amazing photo op, but don't be a jerk and climb all over it-- it's kind of a miracle that it's lasted this long!
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