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Coastal Olympic Peninsula

A May 2003 trip to Forks by John G. Wilbanks

Ruby Beach Photo, Forks, Washington More Photos
Quote: Washington's coastal beaches offer relaxation and specatular views.

Coastal Olympic Peninsula

Overview

Ruby Beach Photo, Forks, Washington
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While on the Olympic penisula opportunities abound. From the beaches to the coastal rain forest, you will be hard pressed to run out of things to do. Ruby beach, 30 miles south of Forks, is a wonderful beach with tide pools, sea stacks, and a pebbled shore. Five miles south, Klaloch Beach offers expanses of sandy beaches to walk upon and watch the sunset.

Quick Tips:

Best Way To Get Around:

From Seattle, take the ferry from either downtown to Silverdale or from Edmonds to Kingston. Either way the trip entails a three hour drive through small towns along the peninsula and through the Olympic National Park. Arrive early for ferry crossings on busy weekends and holidays.

Kalaloch Lodge

Hotel | "Klaloch Lodge"

Kalaloch Lodge Photo, Olympic National Park, Washington
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A variety of cabins from studio to two bedrooms. Most cabins have kitchens and the ones along the cliffside offer patios and spectacular views. Night time high tide will lull you to sleep.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 26, 2003

Kalaloch Lodge
157151 Route 101, 35 Miles South Of Forks
Olympic National Park, Washington
(360) 962-2271

Kalaloch Beach

Attraction | "Klaloch Beach"

Kalaloch Beach Photo, Forks, Washington
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Long sandy beaches with a low tide that goes out for ever. During low tide you can explore the tide pools in the rocks, fly a kite or just stroll along and enjoy sticking your toes in the sand.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 26, 2003

Kalaloch Beach
157151 Hwy 101
Forks, Washington 98331
(360) 962-2271

Hoh Rain Forest

Attraction

Hoh Rain Forest Photo, Olympic National Park, Washington
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The Hoh rainforest offers short loop hikes along an interpretive trail. Follow the trail through the forest and experience trees that were alive before Columbus found the new world. Moss covered trees and babbling brooks make this a relaxing place to stop for lunch, or a great spot to begin and end a longer hiking trip.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 26, 2003

Hoh Rain Forest

Olympic National Park, Washington

Rialto Beach

Attraction

Rialto Beach Photo, Olympic National Park, Washington
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Rialto Beach is known for it sea stacks. James Island is probably one of the most photographed parts of the beach and makes a beautiful backdrop to the sunset. The parking lot is right next to the beach . . . a quick climb through the driftwood logs and you're in the sand.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 1, 2003

Rialto Beach
Olympic Peninsula
Olympic Peninsula, Washington
(877) 456-8372

Second Beach

Attraction

Second Beach Photo, Forks, Washington
Quote:
Tide pools and sea stacks abound. A relaxing 20-minute walk through the forest brings you to Second Beach, a secluded cove just south of Rialto Beach. This makes for a great place to enjoy the day during the summer, then hike back and drive over to Rialto for the sunset (hidden by cliffs at Second Beach). Be sure to save some energy to climb back up the stairs when leaving the beach. It's suitable for all ages, but can be a bit of a work out.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 1, 2003

Second Beach
15 miles west
Forks, Washington

About the Writer

John G. Wilbanks

John G. Wilbanks
Seattle, Washington

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