Lake Crescent - Spruce Railroad Trail, Photo Gallery, Olympic National Park, Washington
Lake Crescent - Spruce Railroad Trail
Olympic National Park
The Spruce Railroad Trail offers visitors an easy walk along the north shore of Lake Crescent. The trail follows an historic World War I rail-bed created to extract Sitka Spruce from the area. The spruce trees were used in aviation construction due to their beneficial weight to stength ratio. The railway itself remained active into the 1950's before being abandoned.
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The trail starts through an alder and fir forest before dropping to the shore of lake Crescent
The Devils Punchbowl Bridge leads over a rocky cove filled with turqoise water
Sitka Spruce and Pacific Madrone line the shore of Lake Crescent
Wildlfowers grow inland and are prevalent near the trailhead
Pacific Madrone trees can be easily identified by their peeling bark
The high rock walls of the Devils Punchbowl form the base of Pyramid Mountain
A rainbow forms after a light rain on Lake Crescent
Old railroad tunnels can be fond along the trail and were used to transport Sitka Spruce out of the area
Cool, moist conditions along the shoreline provide a good environment for mushroom growth
White trillium grows along the Spruce Railroad Trail