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Olympic National Park News Release July 17, 2015 For Immediate Release Barb Maynes 360-565-3005 Spruce Railroad Trail Improvements to Begin July 27: Trail to be Closed from Lyre River Trailhead to Just East of Devil’s Punchbowl Spruce Railroad Trail (SRRT) along the north shore of Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park will be closed from the Lyre River Trailhead to approximately 0.25 miles east of Devil’s Punchbowl beginning Monday, July 27. Work to improve another 1,800 feet of the trail for universal accessibility is expected to be completed by the end of October. The remainder of the trail between the Camp David Jr. Road Trailhead and Devil’s Punchbowl will continue to be open during the project. This is the fourth phase of a multi-year collaborative project to establish the entire 9.5 mile length of the SRRT as a universally accessible, multipurpose trail to be shared by hikers, bicyclists, equestrians and people traveling in wheelchairs. “When finished, this project will provide nearly ten miles of accessible trail along the beautiful north shore of Lake Crescent,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum. “I deeply appreciate our collaboration with Clallam County and the Federal Highway Administration, as well as the dedicated work of our Olympic National Park staff.” This year's work will consist of improvements to 1,800 feet of trail. Work will include construction of an eight-foot wide trail with an adjacent three-foot wide gravel shoulder. Part of the trail will follow the existing trail, while another portion will be built below the existing trail in order to provide slopes and grades consistent with universal accessibility. Clallam County and Olympic National Park are jointly funding the project and have contracted with 2 Grade LLC of Port Angeles to complete the work. Federal Highway Administration staff will provide construction management and general contract oversight. The Spruce Railroad Trail follows the historic railroad grade of the Spruce Railroad, built in 1918 and abandoned in 1951. Construction of an accessible trail in the Lake Crescent area was addressed in both the 1998 Lake Crescent Management Plan and the 2008 Olympic National Park General Management Plan. Specific planning for current improvements to the SRRT began in 2010 when initial public input for the project was gathered by park staff. A Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the 2012 Spruce Railroad Trail Environmental Assessment was released in fall 2012. www.nps.gov

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The "Art" of Layering

Findng exactly what layering garments work best for you, will requires a lot of trial & error. Depending on the level of your exertion, you may need to layer up or down multiple times during an activity.

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Outer layer, is also the barrier layer providing protection from wind, rain & snow. The outer layer also improves core warmth by reflecting more body-heat back onto you. This layer is usually only warn during more extreme conditions in order to avoid over-heating during aerobic activities.

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Washington's North Olympic Peninsula is an amazing place to explore. Olympic National Park features nearly one million acres including 73 miles of wilderness coastline, the majestic Olympic Mountains, pristine glacially-carved lakes, temperate rain forests, alpine meadows, waterfalls and more. Outside the park, you will find another half-million acres of recreation lands in Olympic National Forest.

In addition, you will find plenty of state and county parks. Friendly communities welcome visitors and offer unique Northwest experiences including delicious seafood and fresh-from-the-farm cuisine, wonderful art and entertainment, Native American museums and so much more.

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