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National park tips: At this seaside lodge, driftwoood goes on for miles

Olympic National Park's Kalaloch Lodge, about 175 miles west of Seattle, presides over a damp kingdom of driftwood and stony coastline.
Olympic National Park’s Kalaloch Lodge, about 175 miles west of Seattle, presides over a damp kingdom of driftwood and stony coastline.
(Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

If you’re anywhere near Olympic National Park, be sure to stop in at the oceanfront Kalaloch Lodge.

It’s best if you spend the night, so you can linger on the wind-lashed, driftwood-strewn beach and maybe build a bonfire as the light fades. There are rooms in the main lodge and cabins nearby.

Make time, too, for Ruby Beach, 6 miles north and full of rock formations and stone cairns, and the Hoh Rainforest.

Kalaloch (which the locals pronounce clay-lock) drops its rates as low as $99 a night in fall.

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Seeing firsthand why Olympic National Park is one of the nation’s great wilderness areas »

In honor of this year’s National Park Service centennial, the Travel section is posting 100 park travel ideas and tips based on trips staff travel writer Christopher Reynolds has taken, along with photo-op advice from Times photographer Mark Boster. We’ll post one per day through Dec. 31.

Follow Reynolds on Twitter: @MrCSReynolds

See travel videos by Reynolds from around the world.

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