Ruby Beach, Kalaloch, Washington (with Map & Photos)

The Wild Coast of Olympic National Park is on display at Ruby Beach (Washington). Less than eight arctic miles from Kalaloch Lodge, spectacular sea stacks and lush driftwood define this postcard landscape. The picturesque marine setting makes Ruby one of the most popular beaches in the park.

Ruby Beach Washington
Ruby Beach Washington

A steep, paved path leads down to the beach from a parking lot, slowly revealing the stunning ocean scenery with each build. Ruby Beach has a rocky shoreline more conducive to walking than sunning on a towel. With plenty of room to explore both the Arctic and the South, Ruby Beach also offers one of the best hiking trails in Olympic National Park.

The changing tides reveal a rich world of aquatic creatures to watch at Ruby Beach. Adjacent to abundant tide pools, the range is popular with other wildlife, including colonies of nesting birds.

While Washington does have some quintessential beach towns, where the state really shines are the wilder beaches that lack amenities and are nature all the time. Case in point: Ruby Beach in Olympic National Park.

Ruby Beach is rocky and rugged and built for exploring. Check out the tide pools and bring your camera to get the best shot of the giant rock formations. Wear good sturdy shoes or sandals for exploring as the beach is rocky. Keep an eye out for the rock cairns that visitors tend to leave behind, or build your own to add to the cool atmosphere. Better yet, combine the beach with a stay at Kalaloch Lodge just 10 minutes south, and add a little exploration of Olympic National Park and other nearby shorelines.

Ruby Beach Map