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Spruce Railroad Trail Professional Review and Guide
"This fun singletrack trail and paved extension runs along the shores of Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park. It’s bounded by steep slate walls above and the water below. Check out a tiny “hole in the rock” tunnel and, after your workout, relax beside mountains mirrored in the turquoise lake.The Spruce Railway was a war effort during World War I, when the US Army needed the light, strong wood of the Sitka spruce to build airplane frames. This tree grows only along the Pacific coastal region from northern California to Alaska, with vast stands located in the roadless Olympic Peninsula. The army’s Spruce Production Division built the Olympic Spruce Railroad #1 around Lake Crescent in 1918. Armistice Day arrived on November 11, 1918; nineteen days later, the line was completed."
--Natalie Bartley, Best Rail Trails: Pacific Northwest (Falcon Guides).
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