To shining sea: Kalaloch

On the trail: Olympic Peninsula, part III

Below: A golden-red sunset glistens on the ocean and sands of Kalaloch Beach.

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One of the most beautiful coastlines I’ve ever encountered can be found on Washington’s southern Olympic Peninsula, at Kalaloch and its neighboring numbered beaches. Miles of huge bleached driftwood offer a stacked backdrop for crisp sandy beaches that glide you to a welcoming ocean of pristine beauty.

At Beach 4, low tide will take you to one of the greatest tide pool viewing opportunities in the world along its rocky coastline.

You’ll find a virtual universe of sealife at low tide, from anemones to barnacles, mussels and so much more. Happily, this area is protected as part of the Olympic Coast National Marine SancMUSSELS Barnacles Beach 4 Kalalochtuary, and should remain as pristine as when it was first discovered.

Left: Notice the intricate details and formations of this crowded section of tide-pool rock at Beach 4.

The beautiful Kalaloch River winds its way to the ocean near the lodge that bears its name. The lodge and nearby campground offer some of the only lodging along this stretch of the peninsula,forestsunsetkalaloch and should be reserved well in advance of any trip.

The beauty of this area translates whether you’re down on the sand or where the forest meets the sea.  At right, sunset in the coastal forest offers a magical fantasy land of strange beauty.

More about the unique beauty of the Olympic Peninsula in the next installment.

You can see the latest updated images from my ongoing series on my web page at New Works: Photography. I update the page with new images as often as possible.

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