We managed to find one of the easiest hikes within Olympic National Park--the Spruce Railroad Trail along the north shore of Lake Crescent. During World War I, a 36-mile length of railroad was laid along the shore of Lake Crescent to move spruce logs to the mill. In those days, spruce was used in the construction of aircraft. As it turned out, the war ended before the rail line was completed. However, it did play a roll in the logging industry following the war.
In the 1980s the Park Service converted a 4-mile section to trail. The trail follows the shoreline, but is generally several feet above the surface of the water. The trees are tall enough now to obstruct the views of the lake. However, occasionally the trail will drop down and jut out to the water’s edge providing a fantastic view of the lake.
|Gene on footbridge at Devil's Punchbowl|
|The old railroad tunnel. Trail goes around the tunnel.|
We have a hike planned for tomorrow with friends, Tony and Diana. The weather may change that plan. We’ll see.