Spruce Railroad Trail – Final Phase

Category Overview

Trails grants help communities and recreation areas fund the creation and improvement of trails for walking, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. These grants help make communities more livable, create regional trails systems, and open up beautiful outdoor spaces for people to enjoy. WWRP is the largest source of trail support in the state of Washington.

Project Highlights

The Spruce Railroad Trail (SRRT) Final Phase Project constructed the last approximately, two miles of the historic 1918 Spruce Railroad Grade in Olympic National Park (ONP) located between the McFee Tunnel (Restored 2017) and the Daley-Rankin Tunnel (Restored 2020). This effort included: (1) tree felling, clearing, and grubbing; (2) mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls and other shoreline stabilization construction; (3) extensive rockfall scaling, reinforcement (e.g. bolts, dowels, attenuators), protection (e.g., draped wire mesh), and other rockfall mitigation; (4) trail subgrade preparation; (5) drainage improvements (e.g., culverts); and (6) installation of a new 120-foot long, by 12-foot wide trail bridge on the east approach to the newly restored Daley-Rankin Tunnel. The remaining work to restore the Daley-Rankin Tunnel was also completed concurrently with the trail construction between the tunnels with funding support under RCO WWRP Trails Project #16-1390. The project also completed final surfacing of the approximately four miles of trail between the SRRT Lyre River Trailhead (end of East Beach Road) and the North Shore Trailhead (end of Camp David Junior Road) access points. This effort included final surfacing of: (1) the 1.8 miles of new constructed trail between the two tunnels; (2) the trail within the two tunnels; and (3) the remaining unpaved SRRT segments between the Lyre River Trailhead and the McFee Tunnel and the Daley-Rankin Tunnel and the North Shore Trailhead. The final trail surface is characterized by a minimum 13 to 14-foot wide dual tread surface comprised of a minimum 8-foot wide paved asphalt path bordered by 4-foot wide and 1 to 2-foot wide crushed stone/gravel tread sides. In addition, numerous pull-outs were constructed and surfaced (paved or crushed stone/gravel) increasing the effective tread width at those locations. Over 20 new trail information and warning signs at and between the Lyre River and North Shore Trailheads were installed. These signs addressed trail route identification, trail courtesy rules, information warning signs (e.g., low light in tunnel, rockfall areas, speed limits), and other information. Other supporting facility improvements in 2020 completed concurrent with the final phase SRRT construction included a parking lot expansion at the Lyre River Trailhead Access. Parking improvements added 18 vehicle spaces, two ADA parking spaces, and two large parallel parking spaces that can accommodate larger vehicles/trailers (e.g., horse trailers). The trailhead parking area now has a total of 53 marked spaces, a designated RV parking area, picnic tables, and a pit toilets. The trail re-opened to the public on November 28, 2020 and this SRRT Final Phase Project concluded the multi-year ODT-SRRT effort (supported by four RCO grants) to construct a paved, approximately 10-mile ODT-SRRT segment around the north shore of Lake Crescent in ONP as a universally accessible, multi-purpose trail to be shared by hikers, bicyclists, equestrians, and people traveling in wheelchairs. Work accomplishment and photo highlights from the project start to end (March – November 2020) are featured in the attached document titled: “Weekly Project Progress Newsletter Reports.” Also, see the series of attached final photos that highlight the final trail tread, pull-outs, shoreline stabilization structures, new 12-foot wide trail bridge, drainage improvements (culverts), expanded parking lot, and signage additions. See also the attached news articles of the trail ribbon cutting event and trail opening.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Clallam Co Public Works Dept Category: Trails WWRP Grant: $1,999,949.98 Applicant Match: $2,185,049.98 Project Type: Development County: Clallam Legislative District: 24 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 18-1558

Location Details

The most direct route to the east side of the worksite is normally by heading west from Port Angeles on US 101 for 12 miles to the intersection of East Beach Road and then take East Beach Road for 4.1 miles to the Spruce Railroad Trail (SRRT), Lyre River Trailhead. However, access to the Lyre River Trailhead via East Beach Road from US 101 is currently closed due to debris fall hazards. The alternative access to the Lyre River Trailhead is off of SR 112 in the community of Joyce. It can be accessed by heading south on the Joyce-Piedmont Road off of SR 112 in Joyce to the intersection with East Beach Road in Olympic National Park and then continue west on East Beach Road to the trailhead. The Lyre River Trailhead is the main direct access to the SRRT and has a large parking lot at the trailhead. The west end of the work site is accessed off of US 101 by turning onto Camp David Junior Road about 0.2 miles from the west-side of Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park and continuing for about 4.3-miles to the end of the road at the SRRT North Shore Trailhead Access.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.