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Checking out Spider Meadows

By on August 28, 2018 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments

Sarah Shaffer looks towards Spider Gap while sitting in Spider Meadows.

Story by Sarah Shaffer

Photos by Mandy McLaren

Spider Meadows had been on my bucket list for admittedly too many years now.

Finally a date opened up that I was able to hit that specific trail. I texted my friend Mandy McLaren who said she could join me and I recommended she bring her big camera and I would take mine.

We started off at a rather busy trailhead with lines of cars. About 10 creek crossings later and a lot of fun conversation we made it to the meadows.

To greet us was the loud chirp of the marmot who had claimed the one rocky out cropping at the start of the meadows. I have always looked forward to the marmot chirps as you know you are in the high mountains when marmots are around.

We found a good lunch spot and Mandy and I pulled out our cameras to capture in time what we were seeing at the present moment. Mandy understands cameras way better than myself, but while we were up in the gorgeous meadows she was kind enough to give me some pointers on how to use the camera settings more appropriately for both mountains and for wildflowers.

The pictures here are from that day in the mountains.

We stayed in the meadows for over an hour taking in the large craggy peaks along with the wildflowers. Eventually it was time to hit the trail again, headed for home, and we said goodbye to this piece of paradise that is Spider Meadows.

 

One of the many stream crossings on the trail to Spider Meadows. Water shoes were worn for the majority of the hike.

Access. Follow Highway 2 to Coles Corner, then drive 4.4 miles on Highway 207 past Lake Wenatchee State Park to a bridge crossing the Wenatchee River.

Shortly past the bridge, leave Highway 207 by staying right at a fork and then veering right again at the next fork onto the Chiwawa Loop Road. About 5.75 miles from Coles Corner, the Chiwawa Valley Road branches left.

Turn left and follow the road 2.7 miles to a bridge across the Chiwawa River. Cross the river and, about 0.3 miles later, curve left (remain on the paved road). The paved road becomes State Highway 3, which is also called the Chiwawa River Road. Follow this in a northwesterly direction.

In eight miles the road turns to gravel, then in another 10.75 miles (at a prominent fork), veer right onto the Phelps Creek Road. Drive steeply uphill on rough road for 2.4 miles until the road ends at the trailhead (elevation 3,500 feet).

Trip Instructions. From the trailhead follow the Phelps Creek Trail, which is an old mining road. In 0.25 miles pass the Carne Mountain Trail, branching off to the right. Enter the Glacier Peak Wilderness at 2.5 miles. At 3.4 miles, cross Leroy Creek, which is likely to get your feet wet if you’re hiking in early season.

A climber’s trail heads up the north side of Leroy Creek and leads to a high camp for ascending Seven Finger Jack, but you’ll keep walking up the gentler Phelps Creek drainage. A mile beyond Leroy, the pitch of the trail steepens.

After 5 miles, emerge from the trees and enter Spider Meadows (elev. 4,750 feet).

If you want to explore farther into the meadows, hike up the trail in the middle of the meadows, cross a side stream at 5.5 miles, climb through a cluster of fir trees, and enter the upper meadow.

Heading down the trail back to the car, still surrounded by verdant nature and fresh views.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The flowers were just appearing when this trip took place. “We could imagine how gorgeous the meadow would be in full bloom. Either way, the views did not disappoint,” according to Sarah.

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