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Phelps Creek Trailhead

 
Phelps Creek Trailhead

Page Type: Trailhead

Location: Washington, United States, North America

Object Title: Phelps Creek Trailhead

County: Chelan

Season: Summer, Fall

Elevation: 3500 ft / 1067 m

 

Page By: Tangeman

Created/Edited: Nov 8, 2010 / Nov 8, 2010

Object ID: 677637

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Overview

Phelps Creek Trailhead is the starting point of, semi-obviously, Phelps Creek Trail #1511. It is from this trail where people reach Spider Meadow, Spider Gap, Seven Fingered Jack, Mount Maude, Carne Mountain, and more, all encompassed in a rather popular part of the Glacier Peak Wilderness. The road to the trailhead is a little sketchy, but not too bad (granted, this is coming from someone who can't drive, so...)

Chiwawa Ridge
Trailhead view


Get there!!

Quoted from rfbolton's Maude page: "For the Chiwawa River / Phelps Creek / Leroy Creek approach, drive east from Stevens Pass or west from Leavenworth on US Highway 2 and turn north toward Lake Wenatchee. After the Wenatchee River bridge go right at a Y, then drive 1.1 miles on county road 22 and turn left on Chiwawa River forest road number 62. Drive 24 miles to near the end of the road and turn right on the Phelps Creek road. Drive to the end of this road to the trailhead."

It's important to note the trailhead is only accesible in summer or fall, unless you get a snowmobile.

Amenites and such

Amenites: none!! Although there's usually alot of people there, so you can mooch off them.

DESTINATIONS (be aware, this ain't all of em!)
Spider Meadow: Hike 5.2 flat miles up Phelps creek trail. Gorgeous!
Spider Meadow
Spider Meadow


Spider Gap: Even more scenic. Continue up trail from Spider Meadow, go left at signed junction, hike up switchbacks with grand views of the area, to Larch Knob, with awesome-possum campsites. To reach the gap, hike up Spider Glacier (ice axe) or follow cairns and a scramble path on the ridge right of the glacier.
Larch Knob
Larch Knob, with Seven Fingered Jack and Mount Maude visible


Carne Mountain: Turn right on signed trail .1 miles up Phelps Creek trail, again, beautiful!!

Seven Finger Jack: Nice walkup/scramble to a 9100ft peak. Reach from Leroy Creek trail, 3.5 miles up Phelps Creek trail.

Mount Maude: Another scramble, approach same as Jack.

The only junctions on Phelps Creek trail are:
Carne Mtn trail jct: .1 miles up, forks right.
Leroy Creek trail: 3.5 miles up, after ford. Forks right.
Phelps Basin jct: 6.5 miles up, makes a Y. Right goes to Phelps Basin (access to Dumbell Mountain), left to Larch Knob.

MAPS:
USGS quads Trinity, Holden
Green Trails Holden #113


Nearby Camping

Well you can car camp at the trailhead or 100yds up the trail at a tentsite, but some semi nearby (1-4 miles away) campgrounds exist, including Phelps Creek (1 mile farther up Chiwawa River Road, at Trinity) and Alpine Meadow (2 miles back from Phelps Road jct.)

Images

Phelps Creek trailhead