South Kalaloch Beach

Olympic National Park, Washington

Elevation Gain192ft
Trailhead Elevation62ft
Elevation Min/Max20/65ft
Elevation Start/End62/60ft

South Kalaloch Beach

South Kalaloch Beach is a hiking and horse trail in Jefferson County, Washington. It is within Olympic National Park. It is two miles long and begins at 62 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 192 feet. The trail ends near the Beach 2, Olympic National Park beach. This trail connects with the following: Kalaloch Beaches, Kalaloch South Beach Trail, Beach 2 Nature Trail and Beach 1 Nature Trail.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Hiking Olympic National Park (Falcon Guides)
Erik Molvar
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"A series of day trips of varying lengths along coastal routes in the Kalaloch area. These beaches stretch along the southern coast of the Olympic Peninsula, surrounding the resort village of Kalaloch (pronounced kuh-LAY-lock). US 101 runs along the coast here, and a number of short trails descend from the bluffs to reach the broad and almost unbroken strand that stretches between the Hoh and Queets Rivers. Day trips of any length can be undertaken, but camping on these beaches is not allowed. Pets, however, are permitted on the beaches. The beaches will be discussed in detail with reference to their access points; in general, extremely short wooden causeways lead from bluff -top parking areas to the shore."

South Kalaloch Beach Trip Reports

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My family moved to Washington state in 2003 from the midwest and we REALLY had no idea of the landscapes that awaited us here!
The Olympic peninsula has it all! Mountains, Rainforests and the Pacific Coast all with-in a couple hours drive of the state capital of Olympia...Washington is a hiker's dreamland!
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This is one of the most popular beaches on the NW coast of the Olympic Peninsula and with good reason. The beach is rugged and scenic and is easily accesible from the parking lot of the nearby camp store/cabins. Both factors (popularity and accesibility) also mean that there are lots more people here than at some of the more remote beaches. If you want scenic photo ops, Kalaloch is a great stop. If you want isolated serenity, park at one of the smaller beach stops and hike a mile down the beach.

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Trail Information

Olympic National Park
Nearby City
Olympic National Park
Skill Level
Olympic National Park, permit required for backcountry camping
Local Contacts
USGS Destruction Island, Queets; Custom Correct South Olympic Coast
Local Maps

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