Visiting Kalaloch beach was on my “Driving the coast” bucket list. The Tree of Life in and of itself was reason to stop, but the beach is also very beautiful (and full of cool shells like sand dollars). We were there at very low tide, so we got to explore a lot more than you would if you went at high tide.
We stopped here after we visited Ruby Beach. They are only about 5 miles apart (about an 8-minute drive). If you go to one, definitely make time for the other. They are both beautiful and a great example of the coastal beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
I will admit the Tree of Life was my favorite part of this stop. It is stunning to look at. With all of the roots exposed and a cave underneath, you would have thought that it would have fallen or washed away long away. But it stands strong against the weather and is thriving in its unique, one-of-a-kind location.
If you are looking for places to stay nearby, you can sleep at the Kalaloch Lodge, the Kalaloch Campground, or at one of the other campgrounds in the area along the coast. We stayed at Klahowya campground the night before. So if you are coming from the North, that is a great inexpensive place to camp.
We went in July. The weather was foggy but it wasn’t too cold. A little chilly, so make sure to bring a light jacket. Water shoes are also great so you don’t get your regular shoes covered in wet muddy sand.
There are also a lot of bids here. This beach, as well as Ruby Beach, are protected wildlife refuges. “The refuges manage the islands visible above high tide waters for 135 miles along the coast. Large nesting colonies of birds like common murres and tufted puffins need these rocky outposts.”
As you stroll along the beach soaking it all up, keep your eyes open for shells and sand dollars. We had a lot of fun looking for them. This was one of the most fun things my kids enjoyed about this beach.
Make sure to really spend some time at the tree. It is so amazing. I don’t know how much longer the tree will be around because of erosion and how big the tree is. You can go underneath and look at the structure, which is also very cool. You can read more about the Tree of Life here.
I would love to know how your trip to Kalaloch Beach was, or if you plan on going, what you are excited about. If you have any questions, let me know. I will do my best to answer them.
Be sure to check out our other adventures in Washington:
- Top 5 Favorite Things to Do at the Thunderbird RV & Camping Resort
- Thunderbird RV & Camping Resort Review
- Lodgepole Campground in Washington
- Grove of the Patriarchs
- Narada Falls in Mt. Rainier National Park
- How to spend 1 day at Mt. Rainier
- Salt Creek Recreation Area
- Cape Flattery Trail Hike
- Shi Shi Beach Trail Hike
- Klahowya Campground in Port Angeles, WA
- Ruby Beach in Washington