Spruce Run Creek Trail

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Spruce Run Creek Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Seaside, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,062 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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This very undulating trail begins at the Henry Rierson Spruce Run Campground on the Nehalem River and follows a creek valley up to a secluded lake. You are never far from clear cuts, but these are mostly obscured from view when the foliage leafs out in the spring. The trail offers a good little jaunt if you are staying at the campground, or if you take a detour to or from the coast when you are traveling Highway 26. Spruce Run Creek itself is only visible at the beginning of the hike, and Spruce Run Lake is more of a large pond, but the lushness of the woods and the forest wildflowers make this a good spring hike. Tall Douglas-firs shade the Spruce Run Campground and the trailhead. However, alders and maples make up most of the tree cover along the trail. Large stumps attest to the huge old growth trees that once loomed over this landscape. Hike up along a sword fern/salmonberry cloaked hillside above Spruce Run Creek. Spring wildflowers include toothwort, oxalis, bleeding heart, and woods violet. The trail drops down to creek level and then rises steeply. The clearcuts across the creek are visible. Rise high above the creek in a Douglas-fir zone. The trail drops down above an alder flat and then rises to undulate along the slope in mossy woods. Ascend steeply in hemlock/Douglas-fir woods with some alders and maples. The trail makes a traverse and then rises up past a mossy seep. Switchback twice and then head up a forested ridge with thickets of salmonberry. The trail keeps rising as you switchback once to encounter your first Sitka spruce and a junction with a spur leading to Lost Lake Road. Then pass a large maple and drop from this crest under vine maple bowers. Head up once more, switchback twice, and make a short traverse. There’s another short rise and the trail drops to a saddle before you make a traverse in Douglas-fir, hemlock and spruce woods. The trails drops under a vine maple bower, passing a bench carved from a log, and then you can traverse upward. Hike along on the level, drop, then rise, and finally head down to Spruce Run Lake, where the trail fades. Cattails form a swamp at the eastern end of the lake and skunk-cabbage festoons the shore.

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1 month ago

We had to park in the camping area there were few people who were camping thought this was off season and no ranger was present ! the trail was closed but we went for the hike non the less , the trail had fallen branches and trees which you have to jump through and the trail had loose mud Making it difficult to walk and the entire trail was covered with fall leaves making it slippery. it's a good hike in spring summer or late fall! this is hike you do if you have been doing long and tiring hikes in previous weeks

9 months ago

There’s no actual summit or outstanding views, just a decent trail. I went on a Sunday afternoon in late April and didn’t meet anyone else. Like another review mentioned, there is a split near the end by a wooden triangle, and I believe the main trail is to the right.

Sat Jan 05 2019

This was a great hike for a good workout. I would like to make it clear that this is a HARD hike. There are some beautiful views of the creek and lost of elk tracks. At the top there is a little pond and a nice bench to enjoy a lunch. Great hike in the fall so you will see the pond/creek. Some bad parts about this hike is it’s marked as moderate and its most definitely not. I would mark this hike as a Hard. This trail isn’t hiked often and needs to be cleared of some fallen trees. There is also a wooden triangle at one point on the trail that creates a fork on the trail. It’s not marked to stay to the right to stay on course of the trail. I didn’t hike the other trail to see where it goes.

Mon Sep 03 2018

I agree with other posters, a tough hike but a good work out! The “lake” was covered in downed logs and reeds. Calling it a creek trail is a misnomer because you can see it, at best, near the bottom and occasionally hear it but there is no access or solid views on the actual trail. I think I would have enjoyed it more if my expectations had been different. There are pretty views and a tree-covered path but there are A LOT of ups and downs making it, what I thought to be, more than a ‘moderate’ hike. Even my 1.5 year old shepherd pup struggled.

Tue Aug 14 2018

Definitely go if you enjoy a good work out. The walk through the forest is beautiful and quiet. The lake is not much of a site, but there are two benches and makes for a good afternoon lunch spot. The entire trail is under tree cover so no direct sun. Would recommend not for the lake itself, but the lovely hike. But do make sure you can handle a significant amount of uphill climbing! I did the hike twice in three days and enjoyed it. Took me 1 hour and 10 minutes up, but at a moderate to fast walking pace.

Sun Nov 05 2017

Trail is closed until further notice. Not maintained and covered with leaves. Apparently they’re logging in the area.

Tue Jun 20 2017

So this was a good hike if you want a good workout and sore legs but not one for the sights.. the lake is actually a swamp with downed trees in it that you can't even get to.. mostly it's a mosquito breeding ground. There was a falls we could hear but not see unless we got super scary close to an unsafe edge. We took kids on it and they didn't have fun with all the uphill, would have been fine but there was nothing rewarding for them at the end. Pretty disappointed but luckily went with a great crew so the company made it fun!

Mon Dec 03 2018