Phelps Creek Trail #1511


This heavily used trail accesses Glacier Peak Wilderness and offers gentle grades and leads to the popular Spider Meadows area.

Phelps Creek Trail is 7.2 miles long and is primarily used by hikers and stock users. This heavily-used trail accesses the Glacier Peak Wilderness and features gentle grades, leading to the popular Spider Meadows area. The trail begins at the Phelps Creek Trailhead and follows the valley bottom alongside Phelps Creek, climbing very slowly through dense forest. 0.25 miles from the trailhead, Carne Mountain Trail #1508 branches off north and switchbacks steeply up. Phelps Creek Trail enters the Glacier Peak Wilderness at 2.6 miles from the trailhead, and continues to climb slowly, crossing several rivers that may be high and difficult to ford, depending on the time of year. Immediately after crossing Leroy Creek, Leroy High Route #1512 branches steeply up to the northeast, while Phelps Creek Trail continues smoothly on. After about 3.0 more miles, which may be difficult to navigate if there is snow on the ground, the forest opens up to Spider Meadow—a large, flowery, beautiful meadow surrounded by breathtaking peaks and old landslides and blowdowns. There are many hiker campsites here and several designated stock sites. Phelps Basin Trail #1511A continues for 0.5 miles at the north end of the meadow (stock not allowed on this trail), from where the adventurous can access Spider Gap and Spider Glacier, although this route is not designated and not maintained.

At a Glance

Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply
  • Bicycles prohibited beyond the Glacier Peak Wilderness boundary, 2.6 miles from the trailhead.
  • Camping with stock at Spider Meadows is permitted only at designated campsites West of Phelps Creek.
  • Stock prohibited on the Phelps Basin Trail #1511A.
Closest Towns: Leavenworth, WA
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass required at Phelps Creek Trailhead.
Information Center: Wenatchee River Ranger District.

General Information


The trail begins at Phelps Creek Trailhead.

From Leavenworth, WA take US-2 north for 15 miles. Then take a right on WA-207 and follow for 4.4 miles. Go right on Chiwawa Loop Road and stay right at the intersection. Then take the second left onto Chiwawa River Road (Forest Road #6200) and follow for about 22 miles. The trailhead is located at the end of Phelps Creek Road #6211 off of the Chiwawa Valley Road #6200.

General Notes:

Green Trails Map - #113 Holden

USGS Map - Trinity/Holden, WA

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