When exploring coastal zones of Olympic National Park a great place to stay is Kalaloch Lodge, located just off U.S. 101 at the southern border of the park’s coastal strip.
|Our cabin had 2 bedrooms, living room, and full kitchen--and a|
gorgeous view of Kalaloch Beach on the Pacific Ocean.
|Kalaloch's Main Lodge is almost 100 years old.|
|Clouds reflect in the glassy beach at Kalaloch.|
Our party of three stayed in a two-bedroom cabin with full kitchen. Located on the edge of the bluff overlooking Kalaloch Beach at the point where Kalaloch Creek empties into the ocean, it was an excellent spot for admiring the ebb and flow of ocean water and for walking onto the glassy-smooth sand at low tide.
|Sunset enticed many visitors to stroll along Kalaloch Beach|
in Olympic National Park.
Accommodations also include Seacrest House which offers motel-style rooms with private patios and balconies that face the splendid, often thundering, beaches. Nestled in a conifer forest just a short walk from Kalaloch's Main Lodge, Seacrest is the most secluded.
Beautifully weathered driftwood still washes up on the shore, and people still flock to the Main Lodge to see it. The Main Lodge is also a place to meet other travelers, purchase items from the mercantile store, or dine on locally sourced dishes at Creekside Restaurant. At dusk we enjoyed spectacular sunsets and reflections on the slick beach at low tide.
|The river winds around and joins the ocean at the beach|
just below the cliff where our cabin was located.
|Larry demonstrates the size of the world's largest|
Sitka spruce tree in Queets Valley.
Whew! That’s a lot of big trees, but it’s understandable when you consider that the region can get up to six feet of rain a year.
Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier