Make the Case: Car Camping at Kalaloch

The car camping season is upon us, or at least, me and my crew. In the third weekend of April, we headed points west from Seattle to take on the wild weathered coast at Kalaloch Campground.

This annual trip is dubbed "The REI Dividend Fashion Show" as each participant is expected to sport their latest gear, and with the ever-changing weather, every piece of gear and layering scenario usually makes an appearance.

So, hopefully this will be the first of many recaps on various locales in 2019, and what they have to offer. If you happen to take a trip that you'd like share about, we'd love to hear about it (via Facebook message) and share it with the greater community. That way we can all make the best decisions about where to go next!

So, here we go.



  • 3-5 hours from Seattle depending on traffic and route choice
  • Can utilize the ferry system or stay in the car (both can cause delays)
  • Pretty drive no matter the route. North gets you along Crescent Lake via Port Angeles (must eat at Next Door Gastropub) while south cruises you through Aberdeen and the southwestern tip of the Olympic National Park
  • Nothing better than heading west and catching those first couple views of the ocean


  • Tons of spots organized in four rows
  • Furthest west row lines up against the beach
  • Although compact, each site is packed with trees and complete with a fire pit, so you feel like you're alone in the woods
  • Ample bathrooms and running water available
  • Beach access trails on outer edges of the campground as well a couple on the beach's edge
  • $22 / night (cash only on-site) - reservations don't start until May


  • Compared to some other locales on the coast with spires and such, it's a fairly mild beach situation
  • That said, for car camping, can't do better
  • The Tree of Life!
  • Long, long beach with the occasional river run feeding into the ocean

There's a reason we leaned heavily on going back here instead of hiking into Second Beach. When it comes down to it, Kalaloch's central location, immediate access and views of the beach, and the chance to ward off tough weather by having easier access to shelter / bring more gear, made the decision a simple one. 

Love this place and will keep coming back!

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