Pitch your tent here and enjoy a million-dollar ocean view, no mortgage required. Kalaloch (kuh-lay-lock) sits on a high bluff above the beach on the western edge of Olympic National Park. Campers, simply open your rain fly to see thundering waves crashing against a broad sandy beach and a horizon that goes on forever. The ocean provides a relaxing soundtrack and each site has a fire pit and a picnic table, so there’s not much reason to leave—except for the outstanding rainforest hiking and beachcombing just steps away.
The campground is on the southwest coast of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, a little over three hours from Seattle. It's flanked by ocean on one side, forest on the other, and is right off Highway 101.
You’re here for the views, right? Snag a spot on the western edge of the campground where the unobstructed vistas are (check the map at recreation.gov so you can pick the best site when booking). Pro tip: Stairs to the beach are in between A19 and A22 and D24 and D31.
When to Go
Kalaloch Campground is open year-round. It’s on a first-come, first-serve basis from January 1 to late May. Online reservations are required during peak season, which runs from late May to mid-September (bookings can be made at recreation.gov). Availability for individual sites operates on a six-month rolling basis, meaning that campers should check at least six months ahead of their trip to determine when reservations open for their preferred dates. (If you miss getting a spot at Kalaloch, South Beach is just a few miles south and also offers great views, though it’s far less private).
There’s a general store nearby at the Kalaloch Lodge that has a gas pump, firewood, snacks, and a decent selection of food (they also have a restaurant).