Spruce Railroad Trail

Fairholm, Washington 98362

Spruce Railroad Trail

Spruce Railroad Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This historic railroad grade with ruined tunnels offers children a level lakeshore walk, a swim, a chance to examine the entrances to two tunnels, and the opportunity to look down from a bridge into the Devil’s Punchbowl. On a hot day whole families have been known to jump into chilly Lake Crescent to cool off. Parents should tell kids that the Spruce Railroad was built by the U.S. government to carry out spruce for World War I airplane wings.

The war ended before any spruce was carried, but the tracks did carry carloads of logs and workers on the Port Angeles Western Railroad along the lake’s north shore until the 1950s. Old-timers tell of crossties made of alder and maple, which quickly rotted (explaining the nickname “The P. A. Wobbly”), and of the sunken locomotive resting in one of the coves. Another legend has it that train employees ate fruit as they traveled, and where they tossed apple cores and cherry pits out the windows, fruit trees stand today."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
50 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike
Year round
600 feet
Trailhead Elevation
650 feet
Top Elevation
Olympic National Park
Local Contacts
Green Trails No. 101 Lake Crescent
Local Maps

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Jul 2018