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Spider Lake

Olympic Peninsula


Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia
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2.0 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 1400 ft.


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This gem of a lake is hidden deep in forest in the southeastern side of the Olympic Penninsula. A full loop around the lake takes you through old growth forests, past waterfalls and through a marsh, and then back up above the lake for a few peek-a-boo views of the mountains.

The trail starts out very steep downhill for about one hundred feet, going past a few giant Douglas Firs. Heading to the left, you cross over a stream with small waterfalls up the hill. Then head up into old growth forest. At the turn of the lake is a nice campsite which is frequented by locals. At the far end of the lake is a marshy area which the trail goes around, and then climbs a hundred feet or so above the lake on the far side, again going through lots of old growth forest. Slowly make your way back down to the beginning of the loop.


Spider Lake

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Co-ordinates: 47.4155, -123.4670 Open map in new window


Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

Spider Lake Loop Trail (#879)

Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

Green Trails Mt Tebo No. 199

Getting There

From Shelton travel north on US 101 for 7 miles, turning left at milepost 340 onto the Skokomish Valley Road, following signs for Skokomish Recreation Area. Follow this paved road for 5.5 miles, bearing right at a V intersection onto Forest Road 23. In 1 mile the pavement ends, continue on this road until entering into the Olympic National Forest. Continue for 6 miles on FR 23 to a signed junction. Bear left, continuing on FR 23 for 7 miles. You will see a parking area on your right. Just behind on the left side, you will find the trailhead.


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