Spider Meadow Trail

Leavenworth, Washington

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Beneath a spectacular headwall of cliffs and waterfalls sprawls a marvelous wide meadow valley, the reward for a 5-mile walk into the Glacier Peak Wilderness. Camping is amid flower fields, beside a cold meandering stream. The deer here are almost tame.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

Beneath a spectacular headwall of cliffs and waterfalls sprawls a marvelous wide meadow valley, the reward for a 5-mile walk into the Glacier Peak Wilderness. Camping is amid flower fields, beside a cold meandering stream. The deer here are almost tame.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Leavenworth
Distance: 10
Elevation Gain: 2,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: July-October
Trailhead Elevation: 3,500 feet
Top Elevation: 5,500 feet
Local Contacts: Wenatchee National Forest, Lake Wenatchee Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 113 Holden; USFS Okanogan and Wenatchee
Driving Directions: Directions to Spider Meadow Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

10/28/2006
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It was a great 2 day, 1 night trip in early fall. The views from the top of Spider Gap were spectacular! The distant peaks, meadows below and overall size of the valley below were awesome. The first day we hiked up from the trailhead through the forest for 2-3 hours. The climb was easy and the trail was in good condition. Upon arriving into Spider Meadow, we came across numerous campsite locations. After eating lunch on a huge boulder at the south end of the meadow, we started to climb toward the gap. The meadow was wide at first, but quickly disappeared into the forest. We hit the trail junction for taking a left up the final steep ascent to Spider Gap. This ascent was crazy. We climbed approximately 1,000 feet in 0.4 miles. If it wasn’t for the awesome views all around, we probably would have turned back. Be careful during this section, the drop offs were intimidating. Upon reaching the final campground, we hit snow!! Despite having a hard time finding a flat surface, we did find a decent spot on a point overlooking the entire valley – again, the views were stellar. Despite having arrived early into camp at 4pm, we decided the wait until the morning the climb farther up to Spider Gap Glacier above. Bad move!! We woke up the next morning with over 5 inches of fresh snow! Due to poor visibility and our lack of mountaineering tools (we would have needed ice axes, etc), we reluctantly had to descend back to the parking lot. Despite our disappointment, this is a great 2 day / 1 night hike. We could tell that it must be packed during the summer months (only 30 minutes outside of Leavenworth, WA). So, the fall season is an excellent time to have all the views to yourself. Of course, just be careful for the prospect of snow in late October! Enjoy….


8/12/2005
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Camp sites with beautiful scenary at the far end of the meadow. Continue over Spider Gap for nice views of Lyman Glacier.



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