As one of the places that receive the highest rainfall, the Evergreen State has its perks. For one, there's no scarcity of shrubs and each of them comes with its own quirks. The Kalaloch Tree Root Cave in Washington takes the pride of place for being simply surreal.
The Kalaloch Tree in the Olympic National Park is literally a glitch in the system. It's a massive Sitka spruce wedged between two blocks of the sandy bluff, hanging mid-air! Despite the intense storms that surround it, the hardy plant continues to thrive, leaving visitors in awe.
While the GPS can throw you off, we've got you. Located south of the city of Forks along 101 Highway, the evergreen wonder is accessible from the Kalaloch campground.
If you're not camping, you can access it via the Kalaloch Lodge. Walk down the stairs to the beach, and walk north along the coast for 0.5 miles to reach the roots. It's free to visit and pets are allowed too.
The campground across from the massive topiary makes for the perfect scene to build a beach fire and roast some s'mores. It's open year-round and you can make a reservation to stay the night there. It can be hard to snag a spot, so we suggest planning ASAP.
The Tree of Life's roots literally goes against everything that science has taught us. Year after year, a stream flows beneath it, even eroding the soil underneath, forming a cave of roots that you can stand under!
What's the only explanation people have for it? Magic.
There's a lot to do while you're here. The pacific coast is known for its sunsets, making it an idyllic getaway with your S/O. Don't forget to take insta-worthy shots on the gigantic driftwood dotting the shores.
If you're a marine life nerd, the shores are a haven for starfish and sea urchins. Whales, dolphins, and sea otters also play peekaboo on the coast from time-to-time.
There are also several beach trails in the area if you're in the mood to hike. And a short drive away can land you in the world-renowned Hall of Mosses in an enchanting rainforest too.
But the cherry on top of your coastal Washington trip is a visit to this magical tree.
Kalaloch Tree Root Cave
Difficulty: EasyLength: 0.5 miles
Address: 101 Old State Hwy, Quilcene, WA 98376
Why You Need To Go: To see a gravity-defying tree that's hanging on to nothing but air.
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