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Kalaloch, located on the southwest coast of the Olympic Peninsula, is one of the most visited areas of Olympic National Park. The marine environment and offshore islands are protected by three national wildlife refuges. For thousands of marine species, the coastal waters provide a safe haven, which is why Kalaloch is such a draw for birders. Western gulls, bald eagles and other coastal birds can be seen nesting and feeding along the southern coast. Large nesting colonies of birds, like common murres and tufted puffins, love the rocky outposts. Visitors also commonly see harbor seals and harbor porpoises. Reviewers call the scenery "beyond beautiful" and "picture perfect."
The mile-long Kalaloch Nature Trail is an easy loop through coastal forest. There are also seven beach trails that lead to the ocean from Highway 101. Ruby Beach and Beach Trail 4 have accessible viewpoints and accessible vault toilets. What's more, Beach 4 is an excellent place to look for sea stars and anemones in the tide pools.
Kalaloch and Ruby Beach are accessible directly off of Highway 101. The Kalaloch Ranger Station is open daily in summer only, with information, exhibits, books and maps. The Kalaloch Lodge is open year-round, with cabins, lodge rooms, a restaurant, gift shop and a camp store. When hiking the coast, always check the tides (current charts are available at the Kalaloch Ranger Station). Certain areas may become impassable during high tides and overland trails must be used. For more information, consult the NPS website.
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