KALALOCH BEACH 2
Highway 101 hugs the coastline between Queets at the north
end of the Quinault Indian Nation and Ruby Beach, after which
it heads inland towards the Hoh Rain Forest and Forks. Along
the highway you get many peaks of the ocean and you can
stop and get out at several beaches: South Beach, Beach 1,
Beach 2, the Kalaloch Lodge and its beach, Beach 3, Beach 4,
(not Beach 5?), Beach 6, and Ruby Beach - the most
spectacular. These are really just access points to one
continuous sandy beach along this coastline. I'm highlighting
Beach 2 here, simply because that is where I stopped and
There is limited parking along the road here; although, this
area is extremely remote and uncrowded. Once we got
down to the beach, only two other people passed us by.
From the road there is a pretty view down onto the beach and
ocean through a gully formed by a stream. A short walk
through the forest brings you down to the beach, where you
must climb over a big pile of beach logs. The stream issues
out of a pile of logs and rocks onto the beach as if it emerges
from underground. My little boy played in this stream with its
crumbling band of sand for an hour. We were here on a
bright, sunny day in March. A bit further down the beach we
played on the most massive driftwood logs you will ever see.
These are the giant spruce trees that grow up to 300 feet tall
in the Hoh Rain Forest, fall into the Hoh River, and end up on
this coastline. We saw a bald eagle fly overhead, but I wasn't
quick enough with the camera.
We might have spent the whole day here very happily, if I
hadn't known that Ruby Beach and the Hoh Rain Forest were
waiting for us to the north.
Kalaloch area map
by Bob Kelly
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