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Spruce Railroad
pnwhikes > Olympic Peninsula > Lake Crescent
The Spruce Railroad winds along the shores of beautiful Lake Crescent, and will certainly leave a lasting impression on your brain. The railroad, formerly built by the US Army, winds along the lake for 4 miles. The route once carried timber to Seattle for production of World War I airplanes. Once metal started replacing wood in the construction of airplanes the army sold the route, allowing the railway to be converted into an easily hiked trail. The highlight of the trail comes 1.1 miles from the trailhead at Devils Punch Bowl, a small cove from the lake that is surrounded by cliffs of pillow basalt. This is a popular swimming hole with a reported depth of more than 300 feet! The trail continues for another 3 miles past the cove along towering cliffs. Forest occasionally covers the trail but the lake never leaves your sight. This is a great family hike and a popular one in the winter time.
Type Length Difficulty Rating Gain
Lake 8 mi 1 / 5 7.7 / 10 200 ft

User Groups
Hikers

Accessibility
Year-round

Permits
No permits needed, parking is free
 
Hike Featured In...
Day Hiking Olympic PeninsulaDay Hiking Olympic Peninsula
Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula
By Craig Romano
Driving Directions:
From Port Angeles, West for 28 miles on US 101 to North Shore Rd. Right for 5 miles to the signed trailhead.
Contact Information:
Olympic National Park
Olympic Wilderness Information Center
3002 Mount Angeles Road
Port Angeles, Wa 98362
Tel: 360.565.3130
Fax: 360.565.3015
TTY: 1.800.833.6388
http://www.nps.gov/olym

Books
Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula
Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula
Maps
Green Trails #101 Lake Crescent
#101 Lake Crescent
USGS Lake Crescent
Lake Crescent
Custom Correct Lake Crescent - Happy Lake Ridge
Lake Crescent - Happy Lake Ridge
Spruce trail . - From Dee McNay\'s hike report on Sunday, January 24, 2016.
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The Marymeer Falls hike alows hikers of all abilities to view the Olympics most impressive falls. A very short walk through oldgrowth forest to a well positioned vantage point gives you a great photo opportunity of the more than 100 foot tall falls....Read More
This is the falls from the top.
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The Pyramid Mountain Trail is a good workout through old-growth forests that ends with a spectacualr cabin lookout. Views range from the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Canada to Lake Crescent and the Olympics. The lookout was built during World War II ...Read More
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The trail to Sol Duc Falls begins at the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort and passes into an old growth forest. The Sol Duc River will be your constant companion on the trail, with its soft rumbling always within earshot. Along your way, you will be helped...Read More
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You will find Boulder Lake sitting at the base of Boulder Peak, surrounded by open forests of subalpine fir and mountain hemlock. The hike starts out slow, following an old road bed for the first 2.2 miles but eventually you will reach Boulder Creek...Read More
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The trail to Appleton Pass begins at the end of the Olympic Hot Springs road. The first 2.2 miles of trail hikes along an old road that has since been converted to trail. After hiking along the old road, the trail descends to cross Crystal Creek. You...Read More
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From the trailhead, the trail traverses the slopes of the "Grand Canyon of the Elwha". At 1.2 miles you'll reach a junction with the Rica Canyon Trail. Continue on another 0.5 miles to reach the Krause Bottom Trail. Both of these side trails will...Read More
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The Hoh Valley is known throughout world for its grand forests with 200 foot tall canopies. This trail is traveled by many as it leads to one of the best places in the Olympic Mountains, Mount Olympus. The first 12 miles of the trail are flat while h...Read More
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No other trail in the Olympics offers easier access to magnificent views. The hike is easy and can be made by the whole family. Hurricane Hill Trail begins at a cleared roadbed and slowly climbs throughout its length. Eventually the roadbed will end,...Read More
Mount Fitzhenry and Mount Carrie as seen from Hurricane HillThe ice covered Mount OlympusSnowy peaks seen from Hurricane HillA marmot seen from the trailA black bear, scratching its back?The Strait in the back ground from the top of Hurricane HillThe Olympic MountainsTaking in some sun on the wall by the visitor center before the hike
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