Spruce Railroad Trail


Day Hike - Spruce Railroad Trail

Day hike the scenic Spruce Railroad Trail on Saturday and the colorful Sol Duc Falls Loop trail on Sunday, with the option to camp Saturday night at the Sol Duc Hot Springs Group Campsite and soak in the hot springs on Saturday afternoon or evening.

  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 13.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 700 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 2,000 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

Meet at 11:30 AM on Saturday in the lobby of the Log Cabin Resort, 3183 E Beach Rd, Port Angeles,  reached by driving west on US 101 from Port Angeles, turning right at E. Beach Road (just before reaching Lake Crescent) and turning left into the Log Cabin Resort on the north side of the lake.  No parking pass is required at the Log Cabin Resort.   There are a store and restrooms there.

From the Log Cabin Resort we will caravan west on E. Beach Road to the Spruce Railroad Trailhead at the end of the road.  There we will have our trail lunch at a picnic table and hike 2.6 miles on the Spruce Railroad Trail through a restored railroad tunnel and by the Devil's Punchbowl on the return hike.

After returning to the cars, we will drive back to US 101, where we turn right and drive past Lake Crescent to Sol Duc Hotsprings Road, where we show one National Park Pass for each car and continue to the Sol Duc Hotsprings Group Campsite, where we set up camp.  Then we have the option to soak in the hotsprings for what in 2018 was $10 to $15 per person, depending on age and time of day.   In the evening we'll have a camp dinner at a picnic table, followed by smores around the campfire.  The camp fee will be divided equally among the participants and could be as low as $4 per person with full participation based on 2018 rates.

On Sunday morning we'll take down camp, have a camp breakfast, drive to the Sol Duc Resort parking lot and hike a clockwise loop to Sol Duc Falls, our lunch spot and back to the resort.  There is then the option for a second dip in the hotsprings before  driving home.  Another option is a dinner stop during the drive home at either the Asian Buffet Restaurant in Port Angeles or the Hi-Way 101 Diner in Sequim.  An alternative stop would be at Fat Smitty's in Discovery Bay.


Spruce Railroad Trail

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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