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"Camping at Kalaloch"

Kalaloch Beach
Photos and Article by Rick Harden

What a wonderful place to relax and let the stress of the fast paced city life fade from your body. On Highway 101 in the Olympic National Park you will find one of the finest campgrounds Washington state has to offer, "Kalaloch Campground". Nestled on the Pacific Coast of Washington State between Quinalt and Forks. This area is a true gem of the Pacific Northwest. This region offers so many things and places to explore, from ocean beaches, rivers and rain forests, to the Milky Way that can be seen on a clear night, with out the veil of big city lights concealing it from your view. You may just want to spend the day combing the beach, or maybe building a sand castles.

Building Sand CastlesBuilding Sand
Kirsten's first sand castle................An abandon sand castle.

Don't worry if you have forgotten anything, Forks is only about 30 miles away, there you can purchase about any thing you would need. Right next to the campground is a small general store, there you can buy most of what you may have run out of or forgotten at home. Next to the general store is Kalaloch Lodge, and rental cabins for those of you that don't want to rough it. The lodge has a restaurant and lounge for those that want to give the camp cook a break.

General StoreKalaloch Lodge
Kalaloch Store..............................Kalaloch Lodge

On the beach you can find an endless supply of driftwood for the camp fire. This is one of the only parks I know that allows you to gather wood for your campfire. The kids also like to build forts out of the driftwood. At night as long as there isn't a burning ban on the beach you may see a few bonfires. Be sure to bring your kites, as the beach offers a steady breeze that will keep your kite aloft all day. I could go on and on about things to do and see here, but it would never compare to the experience of camping here yourself. The campsites are great with plenty of them to choose from, the one below is from the north end of the campground. By the way the north end of the campground stays open year around. Just a hint, it is best to get a campsite early in the morning as the campsites fill quickly, so plan your trip so you arrive as others are breaking camp or you may not find a site available. These campsites are setup for either a motorhome or a tent. The restrooms are clean and there is plenty of fresh running water. Come for the day or stay here for up to two weeks. I'm sure you will fall in love with this place as my family and I have.

Our campsite D-23                              Breakfast is ready.

Below is a list of links to help you find out more about the Olympic National Park

The National Park Service

Washington Camping Links
  1. Free Campgrounds of Washington
  2. Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
  3. Washington State Parks
  4. San Juan Islands
  5. National Parks in Washington
Enjoy yourself and please leave it cleaner than it was when you arrived.

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