The wild coast of Kalaloch Beach

The wild coast of Kalaloch Beach

A lovely forested campground steps from the wild & gorgeous OP Coast in Kalaloch, WA. Best suited for smaller-sized rigs.

Link to campground here: Kalaloch Beach Campground, WA
Link to map location here: Kalaloch Beach Campground, WA

  1. Site Quality = 3.5/5
    Somewhat mixed site quality here. There are 6 campsite loops (labelled A through F) with a mix of back-in and pull-in sites all paved, no hookups. Sites are generally well-spaced with nice “sitting areas” containing concrete picnic table and metal fire-pit. Lots of trees and shade in the middle while beach-facing sites are more open/sunny (several even have direct beach-views!). Back-facing sites (the sites nearest 101) do have some street noise. The big variation comes in size & levelness. This is an older campground with mostly smaller sites (official recommended RV length is 21-foot, with max of 35-foot) and for that reason many sites are either very small, or uneven and/or difficult to get into for bigger rigs. Out of a total of 170 sites, only 9 (A17, A25-27, B12, B15, B16 and D27, D31) are rated 40-foot in length and having seen the lot I would agree that this is the limit. The inner roads and thick trees also require some skill to maneuver in -> we “swept” quite a few trees on the road in and had to back/forth several times to get into our site. It can be done, but I would only recommend it for those folks who are comfortable driving their big rig in tighter spots. Generally this campsite is better-rated for tenters or smaller rigs, both of whom will have lots of choice.
  2. Facilities = 2.5/5
    OK facilities. There are flush toilets kept nicely clean, but no showers. Plenty of water spigots around camp plus RV dump station on-site.
  3. Location = 5/5
    Location is the whole reason you come here. The campground is literally steps from the beach and what a gorgeous beach it it! The entire Kalaloch area includes ~10 miles of shore-line from the sea-stacked Ruby Beach in the north to South Beach on the southern end. No end of beach-combing & sunset viewing. Nearby Kalaloch Lodge is walking distance away and offers a restaurant and basic shopping/supplies. There is also a lovely 1-mile nature trail on the opposite side of Hwy 101. Lastly you are only ~30 miles from the Quinault rainforest and ~40 miles from Hoh for further hiking/visiting.
  4. Pet Friendliness = 5/5
    Great location for doggie. Lots of space in camp and the entire beach section is dog-friendly (on leash).

Overall Rating = 4.0
BONUS ALERT = Camp walking distance from gorgeous Kalaloch Beach!

Summary: Kalaloch Beach is one of the primo campgrounds on the central WA Coast. It’s in a fabulous location, just steps from the beach, walking distance to Kalaloch Lodge and 30-40 miles from the Quinault & Hoh rain forests. Nature-wise you couldn’t find a nicer spot. Sites are generally well-spaced and private with nice, spacious “sitting areas” containing picnic table and fire-pit. Middle sites are heavily forested while beach-facing sites are open/sunny (several even have water views!). No hookups. The biggest issues for big-rigs are size, levelness and roads. This is an older campground with mostly smaller sites best-suited to tent/car camping or smaller rigs (official recommended RV length is 21′, with max of 35′). Out of 170 total sites, only 9 are rated 40-foot in length and having seen the lot I would agree that this is the limit. The roads/turns are negotiable for 40-footers, but it takes careful driving and you should be prepared to brush a few trees along the way. I would only recommend it for folks who are comfortable driving their rigs in tighter spots, and I certainly wouldn’t recommend it for anything larger than 40-foot. This is also the only OP forest service campground that takes reservations during the summer season (mid-June through Sept 1st) and they book out FAST, so it’s important to book waaaay ahead if you want to come during that time. Overall an outstanding place to stay and enjoy the Kalaloch Beach area. If we come back to the area (and are able to snag a booking), we’d definitely camp here again! Note/ Nearest “real” shopping is ~35 miles away in Forks so stock up before you come!

Extra Info: Surprisingly we had very good Verizon signal (2 bars of 3G on our phone and 2 bars of very stable LTE on our MiFi). Sites cost $18/night in summer season, $14/night in winter season. No hookups. 170 sites, all reservable during summer (walk-in rest of year). On-site flush toilets, trash and dump.

Extra, Extra Info – OTHER CAMPING: The only other camping in this area is South Beach ($10/night) which is only a few miles south of Kalaloch. This is a first-come-first-serve (no reservations) campground which is basically a large open, grassy loop (no trees) and easily accessible by just about any-sized rig. If Kalaloch is full and/or you are worried about negotiating the roads, this is the place to go.

Note/ You can see a pic of each and every campsite in this campground on campsitephoto.com

View down sunny front (beach-side) section of A-loop. Site A20 on right, A17 behind it. Sites on left have beach views.

View down sunny front (beach-side) section of A-loop. Site A20 on right, A17 behind it. Sites on left have beach views.

View of beach-facing sites in A-loop. RV in site A23 on left. Empty site A22 on right.

View of beach-facing sites in A-loop. RV in site A23 on left. Empty site A22 on right.

View down more wooded side section of A-loop. Site A41 on right.

View down more wooded side section of A-loop. Site A41 on right. This is a mini-site!

View of our rig in wooded B-loop. We're in site B16.

View of our rig in wooded B-loop. We’re in site B16.

View from further back in B-loop. Site B14 on left. We're in far back right in B16.

View from further back in B-loop. Site B14 on left. We’re in far back right in B16.

Another view of wooded B-loop. Sites B5 & B8 on left (back-to-back)

Another view of wooded B-loop. Sites B5 & B8 on left (back-to-back). These sites are small.

View down wooded C-loop. Pull-in site C11.

View down wooded C-loop. Pull-in site C11.

View of very sunny front-site D-loop. RV in site D27 on right.

View of very sunny front-site D-loop. RV in site D27 on right. That site would fit us.

Another view down sunny side of D-loop. Casita in site D31 on left. RV in D30 on right.

Another view down sunny side of D-loop. Casita in site D31 on left. RV in D30 on right.

View down end of D-loop. Car in site D38.

View down end of D-loop. Car in site D38.

View down front, sunny side of E-loop. RV in site E7 on right, E8 on left.

View down front, sunny side of E-loop. RV in site E7 on right, E8 on left.

View of steps down to beach

View of steps down to beach

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11 Responses to NF Campground Review – Kalaloch Beach, WA

  1. Ralph says:

    Nina,
    Sure hope you drive by Lake Crescent on a calm day. When the sun is out and the surface of the lake is like glass….its amazing!!!

    • libertatemamo says:

      I’ve heard many good things. Don’t know if we’ll be making it out there this trip, but I have on the potential “list”. We’ll see.

      Nina

  2. Pat H. says:

    Hi Nina,
    Tell me about that ladder I see bungeed to the back of your rig!!
    We have a similar “Gorilla” ladder that I would love to use but I think it is WAY too heavy to hang on the back of our similar HR Endeavor. Yours must be newer, lighter and a different brand.
    FYI: Our house went into escrow yesterday so we inch closer to the FT goal!!! (which includes plenty of beach time)
    Thanks,
    Pat H

    • libertatemamo says:

      Our ladder is a Werner. It’s very similar to Little Giant, but cheaper. It does weigh some, but we’ve never had any issues with it on the back of the RV ladder.

      Nina

      P.S. CONGRATS on the escrow. Very, very exciting for you!

  3. Upriverdavid says:

    You have probably passed Sol Duc Hot Springs..You would have fit in the resort’s R.V. “park”..The sites are those that you can reach out and touch each other..One time I was visiting and the sites were almost empty, and of course the “brain” in charge put a 20′ “C” next to us..Two adults 3 kids and two dogs….They were nice and probably had the same thoughts as I did..Why put us together?
    Sitting outside sipping a colder..as in Ice cold ale, I heard their hot water start up..Then I noticed flames coming out where they shouldn’t be. I have an Atwood so they must have had the other brand made out of plastic.
    I knocked on their door and said..”you have a fire!”…
    Guess it’s a good thing we were close together…
    Anyways the pools are swell and I’ve met people from all over this planet there..That’s the good part, the NFS campground is too small for any “Beasts” to live in..
    Enjoy our Pacific Northwest!
    David

    • libertatemamo says:

      Haven’t actually made it to Sol Duc area yet. We’ll be heading to Neah Bay next and then coming back along that way to Sequim in around 4-5 days. Don’t know if we’ll make it out to the springs although I have been eyeing them on the map (especially some of the hikes around there). We’ll see.

      The tight park sounds horrible. I guess it was good you were able to prevent a fire…but geez. No fun being that close.

      Nina

  4. Jodee Gravel says:

    Always appreciate all the detail in your reviews – thanks for all the work!

    • libertatemamo says:

      Glad you like ‘em! They do take some time to complete, but I refer back to them myself too.

      Nina

  5. Rowanova says:

    Hi Nina,
    Have you and Paul had opportunity to go to the Quinalt or the Hoh rain forests? The hikes in those areas are so awesome they’d give you and your writing prose a workout. No knock on your awesome writing skills, just a compliment to how great that area is so I hope you’ve been able to get out into it some.
    I’m kinda thinking I should have gone the other direction this morning as I’m in Leavenworth, Wa this weekend, and Weatherbug says it’s exactlyn 100 here right now. Long Beach is a comfy 60 degrees.
    What was I thinkin?!? lol

    • libertatemamo says:

      No, we’ve missed the rain forests this time around. I tried to schedule them in, but it’s a no-go. We’re not the type to run around sightseeing everyday, so they’ll just have to wait until the next visit. Reason to come back, right?!

      Nina

      P.S. It’s 60-degrees here too. Not to make you jealous or anything :)

      • Rowanova says:

        Lol! Ok, so maybe a little jealousy here, but I guess I can solve that on my next little weekend getaway.

        The rain forests aren’t going any where so you’ll certainy have opportunity if/when you get here again in the future. There’s only so many hours in a day, right?

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