Kalaloch Lodge

157151 Highway 101, Forks, Washington, 98331, United States
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National Park Lodges

by Toughluck about Many Glaciers

All the National Park Lodges are great places to stay. Some are spartan, others are unique architectural places.

My Favorites:
Many Glaciers Lodge in Glacier NP, Montana.

Yosemite Motor Lodge in Yosemite NP, California
Awahnee Lodge in Yosemite NP, California

Canyonlands Motor Inn, Yellowstone NP,Wyoming
Old Faithful Inn, Yellowstone NP, Wyoming
Old Faithful Hotel, Yellowstone NP, Wyoming
Roosevelt Inn, Yellowstone NP, Wyoming

Lake Cresent Lodge, Olympic NP, Washington
Kalaloch Inn, Olympic NP, Washington Just so you know, most of these hotels have no elevators. So if you're on the top, it's a long climb each day.

Many Glaciers Lodge: Located on the shore of Swift Current Lake with a view of the glacial peaks.
Yosemite Motor Lodge: below Yosemite falls, with easy access to the valley and rooms for 2 or 6 people
Awahnee Lodge: Most deluxe in a simple way. Located below a rock wall nearly 1000' tall. View across a meadow and the valley.

Canyonlands Motor Inn, a short walk from the canyon. Numerous smaller buildings (2 or 4 rooms) and middle size buildings with 10-25 rooms. Away from the roads and crowds.

Old Faithful Inn: Numerous small cabins (usually duplexes). Central washrooms, low price. Our's had a view of Old Faithful. We woke up and saw the geyser at full eruption out the window.
Old Faithful Hotel, the historic building with a lobby of natural trees, straight or bent, holding up a 3-story atrium. An architectural wonder.
Roosevelt Inn: a series of small cabins without linen or regular heat source. Bring sleeping bags or bedding. They sell heat logs. It's the quietest area of the park. Old western style. Enjoy the evening on the porch of the Inn (meals served) and watch the night settle in. I'd like to spend a week here. note: it's not close to much of the park, which is why I like it.

Olympic National Park Part II

by chewy3326

One of everyone's favorite sections of the Olympic Mountains is it's famous stretch of coast that stretches from the Makah Indian Reservation in the north to the Quinault Indian Reservation in the south. Most areas along the coastal section of Olympic National Park don't charge fees, allowing a person who wants to explore the park but avoid the entrance fees a way in (still, it's for a worthy cause, so you should always donate or give a sum of money to national parks.) The main areas of the Olympic Coastline include Mora, Lake Ozette, and Kalaloch. At Kalaloch, short trails lead down to a series of Beaches, imaginatively named 1,2,4, and 6, as well as Ruby Beach, arguably the most beautiful beach at Kalaloch. From there, US 101 heads north past Forks, where there's a turnoff for La Push. The Mora Campground, in the National Park north of La Push Indian Reservation, has trails for Rialto Beach and Hole-in-the-Wall. Farther north, near Neah Bay, is Lake Ozette. Lake Ozette itself isn't much of a lake, but trails winding from the trailhead near the lake to the ocean end with spectacular views of the some of the wildest coastline in the nation. Plus, it's well off the beaten track.

Olympic National Park (Pacific Northwest)

by Toughluck

From rain forest to desert. Ocean surf to tidal flats. The Olympic Peninsula and it's central park, Olympic Naitonal Park, offer six or more vacation treats.

1. Rainforest of Queets & Hoh
2. Ocean surf at Kalaloch & Ozete
3. Mountain peaks on the Hurrican Ride
4. Mountain vallies at Soleduck and Elwha
5. Lake resort at Lake Crescent and Lake Quinault
6. Desert slopes at Dosewallips and Staircase

Neah Bay/Cape Flattery

by chewy3326

If you think the Kalaloch, La Push, and Ozette Beaches farther south were beautiful, you've never seen Cape Flattery: in America's northwesternmost corner is a tiny area of steep cliffs, beautiful islands, and some very spectacular coastline. Cape Flattery and the nearby town of Neah Bay are in the Makah Indian Reservation, and is NOT part of Olympic National Park. To enter the reservation, you must pay a $7 per vehicle fee, but it's well worth it. You can then drive to the parking lot where a 1.5-mile round trip downhill trail leads to the cape, where you get a great view of both the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Pacific Ocean, with Tatoosh Island not far off the coast. Without a doubt, this is one of the most beautiful places on the Washington coast.

Olympic National Park Part I

by chewy3326

Olympic National Park is probably the wildest national park I've ever visited; while it recieves up to 3 million visitors per year, it is also vastly a wilderness area. In Olympic National Park, you can find many different types of habitat/biomes, from temperate rain forest to alpine glaciers. The park covers over 950,000 acres, making it one of the largest national parks in the nation. Most visitors to the park will head straight to Hurricane Ridge or Hoh Rain Forest, but there's a lot more to this park than just that.

There is a $10 entrance fee for the park, valid for a week; a $20 entrance fee for a year, and a $50 pass for entrance to all National Park units. Visitor facilities concentrate around Port Angeles, the largest city on the Olympic Peninsula. Good areas to find cheap motel lodgings on the Olympic Peninsula include Forks, Port Angeles, and Sequim. Visitor Centers can be found at Port Angeles, Hurricane Ridge, and Hoh Rain Forest, though there is also a Storm King Information Center at Lake Crescent. Higher-cost lodgings in the park are at Lake Quinault, Kalaloch, Sol Duc Valley, and Lake Crescent. Olympic is about a three hour drive from Seattle. US 101 loops around the entire peninsula and is the only way to reach the different sections of the park by car.

You can find much more on trails and facilities on my Olympic National Park Page.

Lodge needs to spend some money, but I'd return for the location.

by A TripAdvisor Member

I read all of the reviews on this site, so was prepared to face less than attractive accomodations. With the warnings in mind, we thought that our cabin was just fine, with the exception of the bathroom. It was clean, but desparately in need of a facelift! The shower head was positioned so that somebody 5 feet tall or less would fare alright, but otherwise it was an exercise in yoga to wash everything above the shoulders. I realize that the owner has a monopoly on the location and doesn't need to spend money to make money, however it would be a very good thing if they would redo the bathrooms. Also, the wait staff at the restaurant in the morning acted as if they worked in a diner and not in a relaxed atmosphere lodge. All this aside, we very much enjoyed the beach and the views, and would most likely return.

Perfect base for walking wild beaches but please ban dogs here!

by TripAdvisor Member SojournerBC

We stayed for five days and despite poor weather enjoyed it even more than our last visit in 2003. The cabin we rented was a reasonable price and a great improvement. They are still in process of upgrading all the older units. We did all our own cooking as utensils and all crockery is supplied and adequate.

This is absolutely the best place we know for long, lonely, wild beach walking, both right outside the resort or at one of the other beaches nearby.

The only criticism we had was the abundance of DOGS ! Seemed as if every other guest had brought a dog, and even though there were notices everywhere about having them on a maximum 6' leash at all times both around the resort and on the beaches (since this is in a National Park), many inconsiderate owners let their animals run free as soon as they were out of sight of the resort. There was also plenty of dog crap not picked up under the bushes beside the cabins. We don't go to a National Park to see wildlife being chased by dogs. Why not disallow dogs altogether at this resort since they can't run free?

Beautiful location but could use some maintenance

by TripAdvisor Member queencitygirl

Recently returned from a trip with our 2 children. We loved the rustic, relaxed atmosphere and the stunningly beautiful location. However, our shower could have used some basic maintenance. It leaked something awful and I was constantly mopping up the floor. There is very little competition in the area and the prices are a little high for the accomodations, but the beauty of the place makes it worthwhile. The restaurant is very good and the staff are friendly and helpful.



Great location, but needs some work

by TripAdvisor Member roylarsen

I would stay here again based solely on the location. But we were in the Sea Crest House and it was very loud. The room was adequate. It was clean enough. Very basic hotel room style. But we were on the bottom floor and you could hear every step the people above us made and they stayed up late. I peeked into one of the cabins and they looked much cuter and you don't have to share a wall with anyone. There is no competition out there for their location. The location is great to beach hikes.

Great place

by TripAdvisor Member Jolanda-Netherlands

We stayed here just one night in a cabin, we wished we stayed here longer. What a great place! The setting is so romantic: imagine a good dining with face to the ocean, a beachwalk while a little mist and rain is rolling in, afther that the fire in your cabin will heat you up again. What more do you need to feel complete relaxed and back to where it is all about? I really felt if it was a home and it was very peacefull. The amenities were fine; like wood for the fireplace and walkingsticks. The bathroom should be a little bigger, but the rest of the cabin is big and spacious in my eyes.

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Forum Posts

Olympic Peninsula lodging suggestions?

by SeaDreams

Husband, I and our friendly and very well-behaved 60-pound dog are planning on spending a week or so on the Olympic Peninsula exploring both the forest and shoreline. I've been doing some on-line research into places to stay, but would like to get input from folks who've actually been there.

We've set our lodging cost limit at $125.00/night, but of course would like input on any place you know about just for future knowledge. All the "extras" such as telephone, television, radio, etc. aren't a requirement - just a plus.

Also - we're somewhat "foodies" so dining suggestions of all types (just good food - doesn't have to be fancy) would also be great.

Thanks for any information at all!

RE: Olympic Peninsula lodging suggestions?

by Marianne2

You could try the grand Quinault Lodge, which is just a few miles inland from the ocean, sitting on a lake amidst some of the most enormous old-growth forest of the Pacific Northwest. Very good dining room. On a more informal basis is the Kalaloch Lodge, right on the ocean about mid-way along the coast, with absolutely no other development around -- just you and the ocean. Down south in the area around Long Beach, there are many lodges and motels of all levels, and you'd need to search online. This area is more built up, although not like California, very beachy, and right on the ocean. I don't know who'd take your dog, though!

RE: RE: Olympic Peninsula lodging suggestions?

by SeaDreams

Thanks Marianne2 -

We've been in touch with Quinault. Drove by it on a little jaunt around the peninsula about 3 years ago - beautiful place! Kalaloch sounds very interesting. Love the rainforest and we'll definitely be doing some wandering in it, but I'm an ocean freak! I've looked at so many places on-line, and I can't remember that name... so time to dig again! We haven't had too much problem finding places that will allow the dog. Many won't, but there are quite a few that will. Every place that allows them charges an additional $10-15/night for a pet.

RE: RE: Olympic Peninsula lodging suggestions?

by Marianne2

If you prefer to be in the more populated area of the Long Beach Peninsula, you might want to hunt around on the net for the town of Seaview -- they might have built some decent properties since we were there last. We stayed at the Shelburne Inn, a historic property, but it is not right on the beach (but has a very good restaurant). However, that was a few years ago and thereafter, we've gone camping at Fort Canby (Cape Disappointment), right at the mouth where the Columbia meets the Pacific, with fine beaches.

Olympic National Park-Washington Shore

by Michdon

We are visiting the Olympic National Park then down the Washington shore the first week of October.What are the best places to see rain forest and beaches?Also, what are your favorite places to stay and/or eat?

Re: Olympic National Park-Washington Shore

by goodfish

Here are the VT Olympic NP pages:

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/North_America/United_States_of_America/Washington_State/Olympic_National_Park-894238/TravelGuide-Olympic_National_Park.html

And my personal pages on Olympic and the Peninsula (were there last fall):

http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/8da3d/da51e/

Best places to start gathering great info!

Re: Olympic National Park-Washington Shore

by bocmaxima

There are two rainforests in Olympic National Park: Hoh and Quinnault. Hoh is larger and get much more traffic. Quinnault is right off the main road.
http://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/temperate-rain-forest.htm

There are a string of undeveloped, national park beaches all along US 101. They all require a short hike down to the water. Kalaloch has a nice beach (where the lodge is), but Ruby Beach - the first beach you hit coming from Port Angeles - is my favorite.

For places to stay, the national park lodges in Olympic are beautiful but somewhat expensive.
Staying in towns puts you in Forks or in Port Angeles, pretty much. I really like Port Angeles. Forks seems to have gotten ridiculous in the past few years because of the Twilight crowd.
There's also Seguim and Port Townsend, both great towns. Port Townsend is a tourist attraction in itself.
For food, you should try to get to Dungeness and 3 Crabs Restaurant, right on the water. The Dungeness crab was named for the town, and that's a good restaurant if you like seafood.

Re: Olympic National Park-Washington Shore

by goodfish

Yup - Ruby is a beaut! We liked Second Beach and Rialto as well but heck, try as many as you can get to.

We stayed in Forks two nights at a decent motel there for a reasonable rate (compared to NPS accommodations) and thought it was fine. There really isn't anything but a couple of restaurants in Forks - just a place to crash at night - but that was OK 'cause we were at the beaches or other parts of the park all day.

Port Townsend is prettier but Port Angeles has more accommodations and is closer to the northern parts of Olympic NP (Hurricane Ridge, Elwha, Lake Crescent, etc).

Scenic Byways - Pacific Coast - Route: US 101

by Jars77

Hello everyone.

Has someone driven the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway in Washington State? We are planning to do the Cascade Loop and then continue on the Pacific Coast Byway but I am struggling to find information about this 2nd Byway. Has someone done this one in Washington? Can someone recommend a driving route and itinery with most important parts to visit?

Would really appreciate it.

Thanks a lot
Janine

P.S. Travelling in August. This Byway should take 2-3 days...

Re: Scenic Byways - Pacific Coast - Route: US 101

by acprincess

I just drove that this spring. I started out at SEATAC, drove around the peninsula, then cut back over to Olympia at Aberdeen. You won't have a lot of choices for your route, just which direction to go. Check and make sure the bridge on 104 is open. If not, you'll have to drive up the side of the Hood Canal (I'd do this anyway - it's spectacular.) If you go counter clockwise, once you pass Port Angeles, services get a little farther apart. I went out to Neah Bay. Not a whole lot there if you don't fish, but the drive was very pretty - right on the water. I spent the night in Forks - lots of motels and food - nothing fancy. The next day I went to the Hoh rain forest. It was gorgeous. I didn't have much time, but there were lots of beaches to walk on, and more rain forest trails to walk on. I had lunch at the Lake Quinalt lodge. Next time I go back I might try to stay there. It was completely charming. There was also a nice-looking lodge overlooking the ocean. I think it was at Kalaloch.

This link might be helpful - http://www.nps.gov/olym/

Re: Scenic Byways - Pacific Coast - Route: US 101

by glabah

Lake Crescent Lodge is a nice place as well, though it is quite close to 101 (occasional traffic noise).

Hurricane Ridge is one of the most famous locations in the National Park, but that also means that it is fairly crowded at times. There are a couple of places to stay up in that area too.

Olympic National Park has no road through it, so to get to the various spots there by driving is a matter of how far you are willing to drive into the park and then back out to 101.

Forks is fairly far inland from the coast segment of the park that is in that area. There is a lodge off highway 110 (Manitou Lodge) and a few other places that would get you a bit closer to the coast, but still not right on the water.

How far down the coast do you plan to go? There are some neat places to stay at Cape Disappointment State Park (right in the lighthouse for one!) and in Long Beach there are hotels very close to the beach.

Long Beach also has a huge kite festival in August, if the timing works out for you at all. It is the home of a kite museum, among other things, as it is famous for its wind off the ocean, and therefore great kite weather.

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Address: 157151 Highway 101, Forks, Washington, 98331, United States