Spruce Railroad Trail

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Spruce Railroad Trail
View of Lake Crescent from Harrigan Point
Length 4 mi (6 km)
Location Olympic Peninsula, Clallam County, Washington, USA
Use Hiking/Biking
Elevation change ± 20 ft (6 m)
Hiking details
Trail difficulty Easy
Season Year round
Sights Lake Crescent
Hazards Ticks

The Spruce Railroad Trail (sometimes called Lake Crescent Trail) is a rail trail located on the shores of Lake Crescent about 20 miles (32 km) west of Port Angeles, Washington. The trail follows the former Port Angeles Western Railroad grade along the shores of Lake Crescent. Built during World War I for the Spruce Production Division to transport spruce from the western Olympic Peninsula for the aircraft industry, it was completed in 1919, a year too late for its intended purpose. The trail is approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) one way, and trailheads exist at both ends. The trail is fairly level in most spots and could be hiked by most amateur hikers. Points of interest include the remnants of a railroad tunnel, a bridge that spans a bay called Devils Punch Bowl, and Harrigan Point.


Spruce Railroad tunnel entrance

Coordinates: 48°05′36″N 123°48′10″W / 48.09333°N 123.80278°W / 48.09333; -123.80278