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Day Hike - Spruce Railroad Trail and Sol Duc Falls Loop

On Saturday, hike the mostly level Spruce Railroad Trail along the north shore of beautiful Lake Crescent, passing through a historic railroad tunnel enroute, and on Sunday hike the easy Sol Duc Falls Loop trail through a beautiful rain forest, before ending the weekend with a dip in the Sol Duc Hotspring pools.

  • Sat, Jun 9, 2018 — Sun, Jun 10, 2018
  • Tacoma Hiking & Backpacking Committee
  • Day Hiking
  • 20-30 Somethings, Families, Adults, Singles, Youth, Retired Rovers
  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 13.7 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 700 ft

Meet at 10 AM Saturday at Fairholm Store at the west end of Lake Crescent on US 101.  It's about 45 minutes west of Port Angeles on US 101.

From the Fairholm store, where there are public restrooms, we will drive the short distance on Camp David Road to the trailhead for Spruce Railroad Trail, where we begin hiking.  This is part of the new Olympic Discovery Trail, parts of which are still under construction.  When completed, it will all hiking from Port Townsend to La Push, on the Olympic Coast.  We will do a four mile section, entirely along the shore of Lake Crescent, passing through an historic railroad tunnel at one point and past the Devil's Punchbowl at another point, where cliff divers can often be seen.  We will have a trail lunch at a picnic table near a restroom, before returning to the trailhead by the same route.

On Sunday we will do an easy hike through a rain forest on the Sol Duc Falls Loop trail, stopping for a trail lunch at beautiful Sol Duc Falls and ending at Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort, where we can soothe sore muscles in the hot springs pools for a small fee.

Check with the leader for a convenient group camping opportunity on Saturday night.  


Olympic Discovery Trail: Foothills & Lakes (West Central)

  • Green Trails Port Angeles No. 103

    Green Trails Lake Crescent No. 101

    Green Trails Joyce No. 102

    see Land Manager
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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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