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Kalaloch Beach 4

Olympic National Park

Western Olympic Peninsula, Washington

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  • Short trail access to Kalaloch Beach 4.- Kalaloch Beach 4
  • Short trail access to Kalaloch Beach 4.- Kalaloch Beach 4
  • Access bridge to Kalaloch Beach 4.- Kalaloch Beach 4
  • Kalaloch Beach 4.- Kalaloch Beach 4
  • View south on Kalaloch Beach 4.- Kalaloch Beach 4
  • View south on Kalaloch Beach 4.- Kalaloch Beach 4
  • View north on Kalaloch Beach 4.- Kalaloch Beach 4
  • View out to Destruction Island Lighthouse from Kalaloch Beach 4.- Kalaloch Beach 4
  • Kalaloch Beach 4, Olympic National Park.- Kalaloch Beach 4
  • Kalaloch Beach 4, Olympic National Park.- Kalaloch Beach 4
  • Kalaloch Beach 4, Olympic National Park.- Kalaloch Beach 4
  • Giant green anemone (Anthopleura xanthogrammica) in Kalaloch Beach 4 tide pools.- Kalaloch Beach 4
  • Giant green anemone (Anthopleura xanthogrammica) in Kalaloch Beach 4 tide pools.- Kalaloch Beach 4
  • Giant green anemone (Anthopleura xanthogrammica) and sea stars (Pisaster ochraceus) in Kalaloch Beach 4 tide pools.- Kalaloch Beach 4
  • Giant green anemone (Anthopleura xanthogrammica) in Kalaloch Beach 4 tide pools.- Kalaloch Beach 4
  • Giant green anemone (Anthopleura xanthogrammica) and sea stars (Pisaster ochraceus) in Kalaloch Beach 4 tide pools.- Kalaloch Beach 4
  • Giant green anemone (Anthopleura xanthogrammica) and sea stars (Pisaster ochraceus) in Kalaloch Beach 4 tide pools.- Kalaloch Beach 4
  • California mussels (Mytilus californianus) in Kalaloch Beach 4 tide pools. - Kalaloch Beach 4
  • Giant green anemone (Anthopleura xanthogrammica) in Kalaloch Beach 4 tide pools.- Kalaloch Beach 4
  • Giant green anemone (Anthopleura xanthogrammica) in Kalaloch Beach 4 tide pools.- Kalaloch Beach 4
  • Ribbed limpets (lottia digitalis) in Kalaloch Beach 4 tide pools.- Kalaloch Beach 4
  • Kalaloch Beach 4, Olympic National Park.- Kalaloch Beach 4
  • Kalaloch Beach 4, Olympic National Park.- Kalaloch Beach 4
  • Western gulls (Larus occidentalis) at Kalaloch Beach 4.- Kalaloch Beach 4
  • Western gulls (Larus occidentalis) at Kalaloch Beach 4.- Kalaloch Beach 4
  • Kalaloch Beach 4 with a view of Destruction Island Lighthouse.- Kalaloch Beach 4
  • Kalaloch Beach 4 parking area and vault toilet facility.- Kalaloch Beach 4
  • - Kalaloch Beach 4
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Significant tide pools.
Cons: 
Access trail has a steep drop.
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Region:
Western Olympic Peninsula, WA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Rocky shore
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Along with Mora's Hole-in-the-Wall, Kalaloch Beach 4 is one of Olympic National Park's best locations for exploring tide pools. Located nearly halfway between Ruby Beach and Kalaloch Lodge, a short trail (with a steep finish) leads to this marine wildlife preserve that is not only protected by the National Park but is also a part of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary.

At low tide, Kalaloch Beach 4's rocky outcroppings can be easily accessed, exposing all types of marine life, including countless giant green anemone, mussels, barnacles, limpets and purple sea stars.

Look a little further off shore and you'll notice the tall spire of the Destruction Island Lighthouse. Built in 1889, the 94-foot tall lighthouse assisted mariners until its automated Vega Rotating Beacon was shut off in 1995. At one point, the 33-acre island was staffed with four keepers and equipped not only with the light, but two six-room keeper's dwellings, a barn, numerous utility buildings. Isolated, the island became a virtually autonomous community for the keepers that included cows, chickens, a vegetable garden, and its own school for the children. Today the island is protected as a marine preserve and completely abandoned. The lighthouse's original Fresnel lens is housed and on display at the Westport Maritime Museum.

Tide Pool Safety and Etiquette

Respectful and cautious behavior in and around tide pools will keep you safe and protect the fragile wildlife for generations to come. Be sure to follow these rules of thumb:

  • Particularly during returning tide, be careful and keep an eye out for "sneaker waves."
  • Only step on dry, bare rocks and sand. Seaweed and/or algae can be extremely slippery.
  • Do not step on any marine life, barnacles or mussel clusters.
  • Touch marine life only very gently. Do not pull, prod, poke or tear at any species.

 

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