This post was originally written summer 2018, but I’ve since gone back and updated it since our second camping trip here in summer 2019.
We’ve now camped at Kalaloch Beach twice now and have really enjoyed both times! Both have been in the month of July, but while our first camping trip was a bit on the cool side, our second trip was warm and sunny. We were a bit nervous about having our 4 month old with us this time around, but it ended up going really well!
We camped at Kalaloch Campground where people have the option of tent or RV camping or there’s also a nearby lodge that has a bit more comfier accommodations. In 2018, our campsite was B001 and was very close to the restrooms and cleaning area, which we appreciated for the most part overall. We were also a short walk from the beach trail. We booked our site back in February since summer fills up quickly.
This year, I planned early and booked our site back in mid January and was able to score a spot right above the beach with gorgeous views of the sunset every night! It was a smaller campsite, but the views were amazing and overall I think it was a great site.
We tent camped and picked up the majority of our camping items from our local REI Garage Sale or from Costco. While Aaron set up the tent, I took the girls down to the beach. Even in July, it was still rather cool on the coast (it was in the mid ‘6o’s our entire visit in 2018) and we made sure to bring layers for the girls.
The beach was gorgeous and the girls loved playing in the sand for a bit before heading back up to our site and grabbing Aaron to come join us for a walk on the beach.
While on our walk, we came across the “Tree of Life”, which you can read more about here. It was amazing to see in person! I can’t believe it’s still alive and standing and I wonder how much longer it’ll last. We made sure to visit it again this year and was glad to see it still doing well. 🙂
Back at our campsite, we made a really simple dinner of roasted bratwursts with s’mores for dessert. Then, it was back down to the beach one more time before turning in for the night!
Our first time visiting, girls did fairly well sleeping in the tent. They were so excited so they took awhile to fall asleep and then woke a couple of times in the night, but overall I think it was pretty successful! We tried to follow a somewhat normal bedtime routine and since we let them stay up so late, we all went to bed at the same time the first night.
This year, we also had our baby boy joining us, but luckily Aaron’s parents came too and helped out a ton! We had London and James with us (James slept in his travel crib in a warm sleep sack) and Adeline slept in Grandma and Grandpa’s tent. Everyone did great and James just had one really early morning, but slept pretty well through the night.
In the morning, the girls participated in a fun Junior Ranger program that the National Parks offer. The girls and I learned all about sea otters and other native animals and earned a couple of badges after filling out a couple of workbooks. It was such a fun program for them and we’ll definitely be checking them out at other National Parks that we visit!
Ruby Beach is just north of Kalaloch and is probably the most famous beach in the area. It’s well known for its beautiful haystack rocks, tidepools, and driftwood.
We spent several hours at Ruby Beach wandering around while the girls splashed through little rivers and eventually made our way over to the tidepools.
The tidepools were fantastic! We saw several starfish (both purple and orange ones), sea anemones, and lots of mussels! Just a reminder, if you ever visit tidepools, please try and leave the sea creatures as undisturbed as possible. This is their home and it’s far better for them and the environment to enjoy with just our eyes so that hopefully future generations can also enjoy the beautiful tide pools as well (to go along with that- make sure you pack out any trash that you might have with you. Garbage cans are available back near the parking lot).
We loved Ruby Beach and I’m so glad we made the visit, even though it was fairly “crowded”. Although we got one of the last parking spots, once you got down to the beach, it never felt too cramped (but maybe that’s because I grew up going to Southern CA beaches…) and we were able to enjoy plenty of space to ourselves.
Kalaloch Beach 4
The last beach we visited was Beach 4, on our way back to our campsite. The trail down was a bit steep at the end, but doable. The beach itself was beautiful. We were one of the few people there and enjoyed the numerous tidepools. We even saw a seal out playing in the waves!
It would be hard to say which beach we liked better out of Ruby Beach and Beach 4. Both were beautiful. I loved the haystack rocks at Ruby Beach, but it was nice having Beach 4 almost all to ourselves. The tidepools were excellent at both locations. That said, it is a fairly difficult trail getting down to the actual beach at Beach 4. Be prepared to walk down lots of stairs and to have to climb down a bit of rocks at the end.
This year, we also made the 1 hour drive over to Hoh Rainforest.
The Hoh Rainforest gets around 140-170 inches of rain every year. It’s incredibly green and beautiful to walk through. We specifically did the The Hall of Mosses Trail (.8 miles) and the girls had fun pointing out where they thought fairies lived. 🙂
There are several other trails that range in difficulty as well. I’d actually love to come back in the fall again sometime!
If you have the time, this is definitely worth the 1 hour trip (one way) for a visit!
Our last morning consisted of us packing everything up and making sure we were checked out by 11 am (harder than we expected with two little ones).
We really enjoyed both of our camping trips here at Kalaloch. The location is fantastic and there is more than enough to do and see for a couple of days. I’m hoping that this can become a yearly tradition for our family. 🙂
Have you been to Kalaloch Beach Campground before? Any additional tips for camping in general with kids or babies? Leave a comment below!