Exploring Olympic National Park: Beaches and Coast

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Olympic National Park has a rugged coastline where the beauty lies in pebble stone beaches, sea stacks and drift wood bleached by constant waves and cold winds. This is not the beach to sun-bathe on but a beach to bundle up and enjoy with a hot cup of coffee.

There are beautiful trails along with the coastline where you can stand on the buff top and enjoy the many moods of Pacific.

Kalaloch Lodge

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Kalaloch Lodge is probably the best base to explore the Olympic coast. We stayed in their rustic cabins overlooking the coast one winter and enjoyed the fiery pacific amidst stormy February. The sandy beach below is perfect for long strolls where you can find star fish and shell-fish  on rocky formations accessible during low tide from the beach.

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La Push Beach

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Driving further from Hoh Rain Forest, we reach La Push beach which is made up of First beach, Second beach and third beach. This is the place to watch the sea stacks. We visited  these beaches once with mom and dad and they simply loved the raw power of Pacific that you experience here although they were cold even in peak summer.

Lake Quinault

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Even if you don’t stay at Lake Quinault lodge, a visit to the lake Quinault is a welcome change from the rugged coast. Set amidst mountains, this historic lodge is welcoming with sprawling lawns that extend to the lake front. We have stopped here for an evening of tea/coffee/snacks and just savored the beautiful nature. We had planned on taking the boat tour on the lake but that has never materialized so far. Sunset tour would be perfect 🙂

Nearby there is a very short flat trail to the worlds largest Spruce tree. We expected to see one where you can drive through but it’s just a very tall tree. We were a bit disappointed.

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There are even more beaches, some remote than others. I admit, I love beaches – be it the soft sandy beaches or the pebbly wild ones of Olympic peninsula. The weather here is iffy but can be sunny when its cloudy in Seattle. So, if you don’t have any plans for this summer, plan a loop around Olympic National Park. From scenery, local food, lavender farms and various activities you won’t regret it. Its Pacific Northwest in all its glory!

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About rutujak

A travel addict, self confessed foodie and a mom trying to make SFO my home after a decade in Seattle and a stint in Hyderabad, India.

Posted on April 16, 2013, in National Parks, Travel, USA and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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