Spruce Railroad Trail: Lake Crescent

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Spruce Railroad Trail: Lake Crescent is a 20.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Port Angeles, Washington that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

20.9 miles
1,033 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly


horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips


bird watching




rails trails


wild flowers

TEMPORARY PARTIAL CLOSURE: One mile of the trail on the western end will be closed beginning at the Camp David Jr. Road Trailhead. The trail will remain open for use on the eastern end for 2.7 miles—from the Lyre River Trailhead to the Daley Rankin Tunnel.

3 months ago

Walked the first mile to Devil’s Punchbowl. Gorgeous when you get there and well worth the walk, but otherwise a lackluster hike on gravel.

4 months ago

So gorgeous. Try to go on a sunny day to see just how crystal blue the water is!

5 months ago

Great hike 9/8/18. Well maintained trail alongside beautiful blue water. This easy trail provides stunning views, old growth forest and even a few opportunities to swim in the clean, clear lake. Can’t wait to return!

5 months ago

Perfect! Easy, good hike, good views and interesting trail.

It really amazing place u will enjoying to stay and hike my kiddos love the lake thy enjoy swimming/:we come back sooner

6 months ago

Very nice, flat stroll. Beautiful views of Lake Crescent the entire hike. Must see Devil’s Punchbowl- as others have said, take the trail LEFT of the 1st tunnel, not through the tunnel. You will cross a bridge over the swimming hole. Then loop around so that you go through the tunnel on the return trip. Great for kids!

6 months ago

We hiked from the Spruce RR trailhead all the way to the North Campground, about 5-5.5 miles EACH way. The CLIFF diving, also known as Devil's punchbowl in 1 mile in from trailhead. The reason newbies MISS it is because they wish to walk THRU the RR tunnel. If you're going to swim or watch jumpers, you take the dirt trail to the LEFT of the 1st tunnel. The swimming/cliff diving is on that path along the lake to the side of the 1st bridge. Water is deep, blue and COLD!! Have fun. The next tunnel is 1.6 miles continued along the trail. After that... we "thought" we'd find another trail and it was a LONGGGG trek all the way to that darn North Campground (one portapotty)and then 2 miles back to the 2nd tunnel. Kinda boring from 2nd tunnel to the North campground on a newly crushed gravel road.

6 months ago

Great trail for the entire family. Dog friendly, shaded, well groomed trail for hiking and biking. A few tighter areas that may require walking your bike, but safe for everyone. A lot of people were looking for the bridge and Devils punch bowl but could not find it. Locals may have a better idea, as no one we encountered knew of its location. So ask around if that’s what your going for.

6 months ago

beautiful! Great for kids and grandparents.

mountain biking
7 months ago

Biked this trail 7-16-2018. Not much traffic on a Monday mid-day. We have hybrid bikes, skinny tires would be a problem. Tunnel is no problem, lights not needed. Eastern half of trail is packed rock or dirt, western half is paved. There was a short section mid-trail where the dirt trail became narrow and close to the edge, as inexperienced trail riders we walked our bikes through this, otherwise an easy ride. The paved half was a slight grade uphill but easy biking because the grade is so gradual. On the return just for fun we coasted the first four miles without pedaling! Entire trip took about 3 1/2 hours including a delightful picnic on the lake.

7 months ago

Great trail for a easy day hike. Take the trail to the side of the tunnel for bridge access. Tons of access points to jump in the lake and cool off on a hot summer day.

7 months ago

Beautiful, but the swimming area draws a crowd. Definitely worth a visit for an easy stroll against a gorgeous backdrop.

9 months ago

super fun! make sure you bring a swim suit and take a jump off the cliff or bridge! great summer day hike!

11 months ago

So pretty, easy walk! Dog friendly and it wasn’t that crowded.

11 months ago

this one had a beautiful off Trail which is called the devil's Punchbowl I thought that was beautiful and amazing and it's not hard at all super easy a stroller with big wheels could even go on

Friday, February 09, 2018

Definitely worth the walk! Flanks the north side of Lake Crescent. Beautiful views.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Sunday, August 27, 2017


Friday, August 04, 2017

Great family hike. Flat and easy with nice place to jump to the lake (devil's bowl bridge and rocks around it)

Monday, July 31, 2017

What incredible changes to this trail! It is now ADA, wheelchair accessible to behind Devil's Punchbowl. There is a tunnel that is very dark and goes through the hillside. If you take the rough tail to the left of the tunnel you can access Devil's Punchbowl and the bridge that goes over it. Took two dogs who enjoyed all the smells.

Friday, July 14, 2017

The trail was closed, no notice when it would be open again.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

We wanted to take an easy day hike to simply enjoy the beautiful day and this trail did not disappoint! Absolutely beautiful views of Lake Crescent and the majestic mountains surrounding. We entered via the west end and the trail meanders along the shore with so many great views. If you want an easy hike/walk that is guaranteed to leave you de-stressed and grateful for our beautiful world, this is a great choice!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Totally gorgeous, easy hike, and some lovely water to swim in. (A little cold for my taste, but my friends enjoyed it!) The trail is well cared for and offers beautiful views.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

beautiful place! sadly learned the hard way you have to go to camp david jr rd entrance! they have the trail "blocked" where the McKay tunnel is right b4 devils punchbowl is & it says dangerous conditions, but it's safe..looks like they are trying to clear the tunnel out for hikers to do enjoy the entire route. Took a swim at devils punch bowl & boyy the water was cold but it felt good.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Hiked western portion as eastern end is closed at the moment. Unfortunately, only occasional views of the lake. The best views of Lake Crescent were actually at East Beach (take a picnic there!)

Sunday, December 11, 2016

lots too see, take a Lunch!stop and enjoy all the cool spots.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

light easy trail, and pretty fun for cliff jumping right by the bridge on the right. nice spot for just hanging out for the day

Saturday, October 01, 2016

CLOSED FOR THE SEASON on the east end. We found this out the hard way. Apparently they've closed it in order to finish paving it.

About a mile is open on the Camp David side but we wanted more of a challenge. The trail status is here:

Lake Crescent is beautiful though, there's a nice picnic spot on East Beach.

Monday, September 26, 2016

A nice relaxing hike with beautiful views of the mountains and Lake Crescent. We hiked the 4 mile unpaved section and then headed back. Only encountered a few mountain bikers.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

very cool. bring your swimsuit and water shoes...

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