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Spruce Railroad

Beginning Elevation: 600 Feet (187.0 Meters) parking area on spur from Boundary Road
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain, One-way: 300 Feet (93.5 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 650 Feet (202.6 Meters) end North Shore Road
Length, One-way: 4 Miles (6.67 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 216 Olympic National Park
Recommended Season: Early Winter
Usage: Heavy in Summer
USGS Maps: Lake Crescent
Vehicle Accessibility: Passenger Vehicle

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General Description

This trail follows the path of the Spruce Railroad that leads along the northern shoreline of Lake Crescent. The trail is easy with little elevation gain. Abandoned railroad tunnels can be found along the route as well as sweeping views of the lake and terrain south of it. This route is accessible year round, but ticks and crowds make it less hospitable during the summer months. Mountain biking is permitted on this trail.

This route can be hiked or biked from north to south or south to north. This description details the route from Boundary Creek Road southward. Park in the trailhead parking area and begin hiking eastward to the lakeshore. After a short distance the trail gains elevation slightly to reach the railroad grade. Beyond this the trail contours the shoreline after avoiding a few private residences early in the trek.

Less than one mile from the trailhead a spur trail leads to the left. This short trail ends a Harrigan Point with views south across the lake to Mt. Storm King. Continuing along the main trail the next landmark is Devils Point. This headland lies one mile from the trailhead and serves as the high point of the Spruce Railroad Trail.

Beyond Devils Point the track hugs the shoreline. Three miles from the trailhead you'll notice a railroad tunnel through the southeastern base of Pyramid Mountain. Across the lake from this, the second railroad tunnel, is the mouth of Barnes Creek and the Lake Crescent Lodge. The trail turns westward at this point and leads one mile to the southern terminus of the tread. The last segment of the route descends from the railroad grade to the trailhead.

Directions from Northern Trailhead: From Port Angeles drive 16 miles west on Highway 101 to Piedmont Road. Turn right and follow Piedmont Road past Piedmont to a fork. Bear left at the fork and cross the Lyre River. Watch for signs for the Spruce Railroad Trailhead and turn left on to a spur road immediately after crossing the river. The trailhead lies at the end of this spur road.

Directions from Southern Trailhead: From Port Angeles follow Highway 101 westward 27 miles to North Shore Road. Turn right and drive 5 miles to the end of the road. The trail leads northward from here.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Year-round .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Trailhead Parking Spruce Railroad Trail - end North Shore Road, Boundary Creek Road
ICON History Spruce Railroad Trail - trail follows old railroad grade
ICON Fishing Spruce Railroad Trail - Lake Crescent
ICON Hiking & Walking Spruce Railroad
ICON Horseback Riding Spruce Railroad Trail
ICON Plant Identification Spruce Railroad Trail
ICON Mountain Biking Spruce Railroad Trail
ICON Viewing Scenery Spruce Railroad Trail

Related Activities
Fairholm - The Fairholm Campground consists of 88 sites open during periods of high visitation. The site lies on the northwestern shoreline of Lake Crescent.

Storm King - This facility is open during the summer months to provide visitor information for the Lake Crescent area and northwestern Olympic Mountains.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Olympic National Park, 600 East Park Avenue , Port Angeles, WA, 98362-6798, Phone: 360-452-4501


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