Spruce Railroad Trail – 5.7mi / 9.2km
The trail, an old railroad bed, is popular for its easy access to swimming holes on Lake Crescent, as well as one of the few trails where both pets and bikes are allowed. The wide trail crosses over a couple of bridges, gently going up a small rise before coming alongside the gorgeous Lake Crescent.
From there, it stays close to the shoreline, eventually turning south to a renovated, old train tunnel at Devil Point. Take the trail around the tunnel which goes out to Devil’s Punchbowl, a popular swimming spot or go through the tunnel, bypassing the swimming hole.
Continue beyond the tunnel as the trail continues south through a variety of forests and views of the lake. You can visit a collapsed tunnel before coming to the southernmost point of the shoreline. Here you have views looking towards the west end of the lake and south to Barnes Point.
While you can continue on the trail which begins climbing up into the trees, this serves as a nice turnaround spot.
Trailhead: From Hwy 101, turn onto East Beach Road at the east end of Lake Crescent. Follow the road to the obvious trailhead parking lot just after crossing the bridge over Lyre River. The trail begins at the southwest end of the parking lot.
Elevation Gain: 100ft / 30m – Elevation Loss: 100ft / 30m