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Kalaloch Beach 1

Olympic National Park

Western Olympic Peninsula, Washington

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  • The trailhead for the beach is off the western side of US 101.- Kalaloch Beach 1
  • Walk through spruce burls on the way to the beach.- Kalaloch Beach 1
  • View from the trail down to the beach.- Kalaloch Beach 1
  • Climb over driftwood to get to the rock and sand.- Kalaloch Beach 1
  • View to the north.- Kalaloch Beach 1
  • Driftwood on Kalaloch Beach.- Kalaloch Beach 1
  • Most of the beach consists of smooth rocks.- Kalaloch Beach 1
  • Most of the beach consists of smooth rocks.- Kalaloch Beach 1
  • When the tide is out, sandbars offer room for exploration.- Kalaloch Beach 1
  • When the tide is out, sandbars offer room for exploration.- Kalaloch Beach 1
  • When the tide is out, sandbars offer room for exploration.- Kalaloch Beach 1
  • At low tide, the ocean pulls away to reveal a sandy beach.- Kalaloch Beach 1
  • A sea snail found in the tidepools. Be gentle if touching marine life.- Kalaloch Beach 1
  • The footprint of a bald eagle.- Kalaloch Beach 1
  • Receding water creates patterns in the sand.- Kalaloch Beach 1
  • View to the south.- Kalaloch Beach 1
  • View from the trail.- Kalaloch Beach 1
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Pros: 
Less crowded than other Olympic beaches. Bird watching.
Cons: 
Parking area is difficult to find.
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Region:
Western Olympic Peninsula, WA
Congestion: 
Low
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Pebbly beach
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
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Adventure Description

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Kalaoch Beach 1 is one of the less frequented beaches in the area. This beach is accessed from a pullout about a mile north of South Beach.

The trail begins by winding through a grove of Sitka spruce, many of which sport spruce burls, large knobby growths on the trees. Unlike burls on other species of trees, the cause of the burls on Sitka spruce is unknown, but they may be a product of a virus or of windborne elements carried from the ocean spray.

The Spruce Burl Trail emerges onto Beach 1. Cross a wooden bridge over a small stream, and acres of driftwood stretch north and south as far as the eye can see.

While you are on the beach, keep an eye out for bald eagles, which are known to nest in the trees along the shoreline and to fish in the tide pools. The tide pools themselves are host to a variety of marine life, from sea stars to anemones, sea snails, and more.

The beaches of the Kalaloch shore from Ruby Beach down to South Beach are open to leashed pets.

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