Kalaloch Lodge is located in Olympic National Park on the shores of a Marine Preserve. Teeming with wildlife, the lodge and the park are a nature lover’s delight, and Kalaloch Lodge is only footsteps away from some of the best hiking, fishing, beachcombing, and bird watching in the United States.
Olympic National Park is a diverse eco-zone. The Olympic Mountain range runs the length of the park. There are sub-alpine meadows, full of wildflowers, dense temperate rainforests, and 73 miles of preserved Pacific coastline that hosts marine creatures big and small, from the gigantic gray whale to the tiniest sand crabs and anemones.
Spring visitors to Kalaloch Lodge can delight in gray whale sightings from the shore, or can take a guided whale watching trip out to sea. Olympic National Park is a feeding ground and play area for these 30-ton hulks, who migrate along this route annually on their passage from Baja California to the Bering Strait.
Gray whales are not the only sea creatures that are sighted by visitors to Kalaloch Lodge. Common to the area are sea lions, orcas, harbor porpoises, harbor seals, and sea otters.
Beachcombers will love the driftwood beaches local to Kalaloch Lodge. Ruby beach, named for its reddish sand, is a popular playground for local residents, and starfish, rock crabs, sea snails, and anemones live in the tide pools along the shore. Swimming, sandcastle building, ocean kayaking, gathering shells, and toasting marshmallows over a campfire are all much-loved activities for Kalaloch Lodge guests.
Birdwatchers will be able to spot many birds on their life list. Frequently seen are peregrine falcons, several different types of grouse, woodpeckers and sapsuckers, bald eagles, and western gulls. Rarer birds at Olympic National Park include the belted kingfisher, red-throated loons, brown pelicans, and black scoters. Large nesting colonies of tufted puffins can be seen on the shores of Lake Quinault, a popular location for canoeing, kayaking, and rowing out dinghies.
With over 600 miles of marked trails, there is something for every fitness level in Olympic National Park; some trails are even wheelchair accessible. Some trails permit the use of mountain bikes; others are open to horseback traffic. Dogs may be walked on specially-marked trails. Trail walkers may see any of the animals indigenous to the area. The stately Roosevelt Elk, black bears, black-tailed deer, Olympic marmots, fishers, and mountain goats proliferate, and can be caught on camera by the lucky hiker.
A fishing permit is required to fish the abundant waters of Olympic National Park. With over 3,000 miles of rivers and streams running through the park, most fishers can find a quiet place to fish for salmon, trout, perch, bass, pike, and bullhead. Guided fishing trips are also available.
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