Description

In the early twentieth century, this sprawling valley was overrun by prospectors searching for the mother lode. Nowadays, scores of hikers and backpackers cash in on Spider’s priceless scenery instead: old-growth forests, glacier-fed Phelps Creek, and a mile-long carpet of wildflowers surrounded by towering jagged peaks. The trail to the meadow is gentle—ascending a mere 1,300 feet in five miles—and once you’ve arrived, there are plenty of fine lunch spots along the creek. After a bite, consider pushing on one mile farther to Phelps Basin, a quiet cirque that’s perfect for an afternoon nap.
Distance from Downtown 130 miles
Permits and Passes Northwest Forest Pass
Map Green Trails no. 113 Holden

Activity
Hike
Difficulty
Easy
Distance
10 Miles
Location