Kalaloch is a long area of sandy beach, overlooked by steep, rocky bluffs. Amble along lengthy stretches of sand, look for rare marine wildlife, hike nature trails and picnic next to the Pacific Ocean.
The name Kalaloch is taken from the Native American Quinault language; it means “a good place to land.” The description is hard to refute, since visitors spend hours, or even days, exploring the stunning surroundings.
These pristine driftwood-lined beaches support rich and varied marine life. Come during March or April and bring binoculars. If you’re lucky you can track the journey of gray whales, who feed off Kalaloch on their annual migration down the coast. This area is also a haven for sea otters. These marine mammals were almost exterminated by hunters before they were reintroduced to the area in 1970. Look for their furry heads bobbing offshore.
Follow the sandy beach, admiring the natural treasure trove of gnarled driftwood logs and colorful stones polished by sand and waves. Many small tide pools are scattered along the coastline. Peer into the watery nooks and investigate the interesting collection of sea anemones and starfish.
Take the short self-guided Kalaloch Creek Nature Trail to the nearby coastal forests and discover more about local ecosystems. High bluffs in the area offer vast, uninterrupted views of the rugged Pacific coast. Bring your camera and climb up a safe trail to capture the magnificent landscape and seascape to preserve as lifetime memories. Be sure to linger to watch the sun sink over the ocean.
Reserve a campsite in Kalaloch and nearby South Beach or a cabin in the Kalaloch beach resort. Visit the ranger station, open in summer only, for information on the local area.
Kalaloch is easy to reach via the scenic ocean highway and is approximately a 40-minute drive south from the town of Forks.