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TravelPod Member ReviewsKalaloch Lodge Forks
great location....just OK service and amenities....national parks charge TOP dollar for their location....cute olden days cabins
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This was great. The food was good and the beach was even more fun. We got there in time to see amazing tide pools.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Kalaloch Lodge Forks
Just got back from a few days at Kalaloch Lodge. We were there primarily to hike the Pacific beaches with our kids, and the lodgings in that area are few and far between. Kalaloch could not be situated in a more picturesque place. The views were beautiful, the beaches great fun to explore, and the Hoh rainforest trails were nearby. We explored great tidepools at Second Beach and saw elk herds at the Hoh river.
Downside? The cabins at the Lodge were 2-3 star. Definately old, not refurbished in the last 20 years that I could tell. Old, musty furniture. Cracked, dingy linoleum, frayed stained carpet, spider webs in the corners. The first cabin we were shown reeked strongly of Raid bug spray. The second was better until about 10 p.m, when the neighboring cabin's occupants moved in and proceeded to loudly party until around 3 a.m. We did eat at the restaurant, where the kids learned several new four letter words from a loud kitchen brawl, but the service was otherwise good and the food reasonable.
Bottom line? I'd stay there again - it's better than camping or a motel in Forks, but I'd definately bring earplugs. The kids loved it no matter what, and it was great family time, so..... Go, but spend most of your time outdoors if you can. That's where it's really at.
Shabby lodge in incredible location
What a waste of location for this run down lodge! We looked at several of the bluff cabins. This was our second visit here. The first time we stayed in cabin 6 which along with cabins 7 and 8 were recently remodeled . Those 3 cabins are fine, but the rest are in terrible shape. The carpeting is old and musty. The whole place is very cheap. I got the feeling that the furniture hid the stains and dirt of thousands of travelers before my visit. It felt gross and dirty! I could not enjoy the outside surroundings because of the smell, shabbiness and stains surrounding me in my cabin.
The views are amazing and the location of the lodge close to the mountains, rainforest, and rugged Washington coast makes this place an ideal location for a great lodge. But if you care about a sense of aesthetics and cleanliness then this place is not for you. Cabins 6,7 and 8 are ok but beware of the rest!
Not bad at all
We stayed in cabin 44 - view with kitchen.
There are two smallish queen sized beds. None of the cabins, apparently, offer a single king.
The carpet is el-cheapo, and shows the burn marks from those unfamilar with lighting fires in the freestanding woodstove. The woodstove is great; one presto log or similar sized hunk of wood heats the place for hours.
The kitchen was really a kitchenette. Very small, but we were able to put together a couple of great meals. Outside there is an overhand big enough to set up a small portable grille - which we did.
The view is nice - but you don't get the crashing waves. The surf is several hundred yards out.
I fully recommend this place - if you take advantage of the off-season rates. Consider some of the cabins that don't have a view. They actually do have a view - and they are about 30% cheaper. Using the map on the web page ----, pick one that you can draw a line from the cabin to the ocean without intersecting a cabin. Viola - you have a view!
Cozy cabins, wonderful views
What an incredible place! Kalaloch cabins overlook the Pacific ocean and beautiful ocean cliffs. Just a short walk up the beach are tidepools full of starfish and anemones. Each cabin has a kitchenette, table, picnic table (outside) and ours had 2 queen beds and a futon. The staff was friendly and helpful, and the onsite restaurant was great and extremely affordable. All in all a wonderful experience and we'd love to return.
Beautiful and hope to return one day
We loved Kalaloch Lodge! We stayed in one of the Secreast Motel units on the second floor on the end. It had two rooms, fireplace, and patio (with a view of the ocean). Even though we were there in July, we were able to use the fireplace at night. We slept with the windows open and could hear the waves. The room was spacious and comfortable. The restaurant in the lodge has a great view of the Ocean. We loved this place. The Olympic National Park rangers conduct a tidal pool program a short drive away. We also visited the Hoh Rainforest (20 min. away).
Cozy log cabins by the ocean
We stayed at Kalaloch Lodge in early Nov, 2003.The lodge, located on a bluff off highway 101, has log cabins as well as rooms in the main lodge, all within sight of the beach and Pacific ocean. We took advantage of their off-season special of 2 nights for the price of one ($97) for certain non-beach view cabins. We could still see a little stretch of the beach from our cabin. The cabins are well furnished, with wood-burning furnaces and electric heater, a fridge, stove and cooking utensils. While not exactly luxurious, the cabins were comfortable and rustic. The views of the log-filled beach and creek, a few steps down from the cabins, was fabulous. The hotel reception folks were helpful and courteous. Restaurant food was very good (dinner menu included at least one vegetarian and several meat, poultry and seafood dishes). Restaurant service was excellent as well.
Our new favorite getaway
We just returned from a mid-week stay - our first visit to Kalaloch (say Clay-lock).
The setting is amazing - miles of wide ocean beaches with sea stacks and rocks off shore - huge driftwood logs pushed up against the bluffs - thousands of acres of green forest - clear running streams and rivers - the nearest town 35 miles to the north.
No TV reception; you have to drive several miles north or south for cell phone reception - i.e., my idea of heaven!
Comfortable cabins, the main lodge and the SeaCrest Lodge (where we stayed); very good food with a wait staff that quickly made you feel welcome - part of the family. For truly, there is a family feel to the place.
We recommend very highly.
(A Kitsap county couple, living a short ferry ride from Seattle.
Husband an author; wife a container garden designer; both have traveled extensively here and abroad.)
Location great, clean with fire place
I love this place. Its all about the surroundings-the beach, the rain forest, the spiritual rejuvination.
The cabins are clean and comfortable (and I am easily grossed out). The fireplace is also a nice touch.
Great Spot to Stay!
Spent 6 nights in cabin #9 on the bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Excellent view (phenomenal sunsets!), personable staff and good service. As we were celebrating our 20th anniversary, the lodge had placed champagne and glasses in our cabin upon our arrival. Each day a fesh bundle of firewood was delivered, and we eagerly used it in the wood stove during the cool evenings. The cabin has a small refrigerator and coffee maker, so in cabin snacks and lunch foods for picnics are possible although the lodge will pack lunches for you if you let them know in advance. We enjoyed several breakfasts and dinners at the lodge, and the food was great. We highly recommend the steak and the Scallop dishes. It's a short drive to Ruby and Beaches 4, 3, 2, and 1.
I recommend beach 4 during low tide to see ample sea stars and anemones. I also suggest long walks on the beach away from the trail heads as twice I had the privilege of watching sea otters play in the surf. Drive to Lake Quinault and rent a conoe, hike in the Hoh River Rain Forest, and take the free logging tour from Forks. Don't forget to pick the wild blackberries!
Superior place to stay
You can stay in your own cabin. Build a fire, look out onto the shore and watch or listen to the waves. You can cook your own meals in the kitchens in the cabins or dine in the dining room. It is really one of the best places my husband and I have been to. We are going back for Xmas just to get away from it all. No TV, no phones, just sand, surf and peace & quiet
TripAdvisor Reviews Kalaloch Lodge Forks
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As we'd already travelled on the Seattle-Bainbridge Island Ferry, we fancied heading further South before routing North to cross the Hood Canal Bridge (the longest floating bridge in the world) which connects the Olympic and Kitsap peninuslas. We stopped in Port Angeles en route for a late afternoon coffee and chanced upon a bookshop (Port Book & …
... beautiful. Can anything top that? Oooh... I am seeing the sign for Second Beach. After about 0.7 mile hike down - I can now see the stacks (rock formations) peeking through the tall sitka spruce trees - a stunning view becoming clearer with each and every step. As I am exiting the forest, opening onto the beach, my face lights up and fills with awe and wonder. I haven't seen anything ...
... to stretch for miles. We were literally the only people in sight and seriously struggled to leave. Somebody must have been there before us as they had created a little wind shelter out of driftwood and also made a stack of rocks. Jess thought it was something from Blair Witch Project but I’m pretty certain its Native Indian thing. Not quite sure the meaning. Either way it all kind of added to the surrealness of the situation. We were eaten alive ...
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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
"I am in love with Olympic National Park"
Lynn Hori famous naturalist
ANSWERS TO LAST BLOG ENTRY:
1. over 200 years old and lots of dead stuff!
2. razor clams filter feed plankton from the ocean
... fascinating was that so many of the trees were intertwined or growing on top of one another. This is because there is so much rainfall that the trees don't need much root base...they eventually fall over because of this and then the seedlings end up hatching out of the trunks. Crazy!! We made it to the falls and enjoyed a morning tea muesli bar before heading back. The trail also ran along the Hoh river which gave us spectacular views of the snow ...