Area Status: Closed
August 23, 2016 -- The Buck Creek Fire, burning in the Glacier Peak Wilderness 20 miles northwest of Leavenworth, is now approximately 1,000 acres in size. Buck Creek Trail No. 1513, Chiwawa River Trail No. 1550, Phelps Creek Trail No. 1511 and Carne Mtn Trail No. 1508 are closed due to the fire. The Chiwawa River Road is closed just beyond Alpine Meadows Campground, about 2 miles from end of road. Contact Wenatchee River Ranger District at 509-548-2550 for fire information.
See MAP of Closure Area
See Vicinity Map with Fire Perimeter
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
||The roads accessing trailhead (Chiwawa River Road and Phelps Creek Road) are very rough and may not be suitable for low clearance vehicles. Approximately 14 miles of rough dirt road.
||Wilderness regulations apply
- Bicycles prohibited on Phelps Creek Trail.
- Camping with stock at Spider Meadows is permitted only at designated campsites West of Phelps Creek.
- Stock prohibited on the Phelps Basin Trail #1511A.
||Wenatchee River Ranger District
The trail begins at Phelps Creek Trailhead.
From Leavenworth, WA, head north on US-2 West for 15 miles. Then turn right on WA-207 North and go 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 it for about 22 miles. Road becomes gravel/dirt at 11 mile point. Continue another 11 miles. Take a slight right onto Phelps Creek Road and go 2.3 miles. The trailhead is located at the end of Phelps Creek Road / Forest Road 6211.
Green Trails Map - #113 Holden
USGS Map - Trinity/Holden, WA