Kalaloch, Olympic National Park
Kalaloch is a very popular campground, especially in the summer, which is why we always visit in the fall or winter. During the off season, the campground is closed down to a couple of "loops." Even then there are a lot of campers - or should I clarify RVs. There are a few tent campers out there in the rain and wind; we are among them. We have been to the campground when it was nearly empty (except for two other campers), which is something rare (especially on a weekend). One time was during a storm warning. It rain pretty much non-stop for one day, but we still had fun enjoying the nearly deserted beach. The other time we've been there when is was quite was on the Super Bowl weekend. We enjoyed the empty beaches and fortune of good weather.
Still, despite all the people during the more warmer months, it's a wonderful place to camp, with direct access to the beach. We've hiked south, down to the Queets River and north up to Beach 3.
The campground is also near Ruby Beach and the Queets Rainforest. However, the road to Queets Rainforest has been washed in a storm, cutting off vehicle access.
Two of the state's largest cedar trees are also nearby. One is on Olympic National Park land and the other is located on state property. The Olympic National Park's "Big Cedar" is surrounded by a beautiful rainforest. A trail goes past the large cedar and through a forest of many other impressive giants. The state owned big cedar is located in clear cut forest. There is a small boardwalk that circles the tree. It is impressive, though the surrounding is not. At least the state had the heart to save it.
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Located: outer coast, Olympic National Park, WA
Directions: on hwy-101 between Queets and Forks.