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Spider Lake

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.

Driving Directions:

From Shelton travel north on US 101 for 7 miles, turning left at milepost 340 onto the Skokomich 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 8 miles. A pullout on the left with a sign high on a large fir reading Spider Lake marks the trailhead.

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Spider Lake — Apr 13, 2014 — Bob and Barb
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
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The last 8 miles on FR23 to the TH has many potholes so slow driving is recommended. There were 2 ca...
The last 8 miles on FR23 to the TH has many potholes so slow driving is recommended. There were 2 cars at the TH when we arrived. We did the 2 mile loop clockwise. There are many Beautiful old growth trees along the way. One of the sturdy log bridges has a section of railing broken off which is unnerving for a wimp like me! Spring beauty, many trillium, and yellow violets were blooming. This is a very pretty lake with a campsite complete with a table inviting a first backpacking experience for young hikers! We took a side trip to the 420 foot High Steel Bridge over the Skokomish River to view Vincent Creek Falls before our hike and afterwards. The bridge and falls are very impressive! The falls is one of the falls listed in the Olympic Peninsula Waterfall Trails brochure. You can read about this trail at Http://www.OlympicPeninsulaWaterfallTrail.com
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Spider Lake — Nov 21, 2013 — Bob and Barb
Day hike
Features: Fall foliage
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Drive 7 miles north of Shelton to MP 340 and turn left onto the Skokomish Valley Road. In 5 1/2 mile...
Drive 7 miles north of Shelton to MP 340 and turn left onto the Skokomish Valley Road. In 5 1/2 miles bear right onto FR 23. In 8 1/2 miles bear left at an unsigned junction to continue on FR 23 8 more miles where there is a pullout on the left where the trail begins. High on a fir above the pullout is a sign marked Spider Lake. If you reach FR 5320, turn around as you have gone a few feet too far. The 2 mile loop trail around the lake was constructed in the mid nineties and begins by dropping steeply 100 feet to the trail. We hiked counter-clockwise. There are 3 sturdy bridges along the East side of the trail. The first and third are high log bridges with rails and both were very icy! We were able to walk on the ground beside the third bridge thus avoiding the icy bridge. The second bridge is a regular bridge with railings. Just beyond a marshy area is an unmarked trail going right to another TH. Strangely the sign-in box is located here. We stayed left to complete the loop. This is a beautiful trail through old growth firs and cedars and is a pleasant find after driving through clear cuts to reach the TH. There were a few varieties of fungi along the way. Spider Lake is peaceful and very pretty. A few ducks were at the far end of the lake when we started, but they didn't stick around for us to identify! We also saw a kingfisher.
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Spider Lake — Oct 15, 2013 — Joe Hendricks
Day hike
Features: Fall foliage
Issues: Blowdowns
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3 minutes of video clips from the hike: http://youtu.be/qM3IH6XFFsM Forest Road and trail in grea...
3 minutes of video clips from the hike: http://youtu.be/qM3IH6XFFsM

Forest Road and trail in great shape. Just one new blowdown to scramble over.

Mushrooms, mists, the 3 cool bridges and the beautiful lake itself all made it a great short hike!
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Spider Lake — Aug 14, 2013 — yokorose
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Trail head was difficult to find. We found campers nearby whom had given up looking! Beautiful t...
Trail head was difficult to find. We found campers nearby whom had given up looking!
  Beautiful trail in great condition! Rivers/mini waterfalls mentioned were not present but it could have been too late in the season. My friends and I finished the hike in less then an hour. Very pristine water!
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Spider Lake — Jun 02, 2013 — Dandrew
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
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Having never been here before, we had a little trouble finding it. The trailhead is unmarked. Next...
Having never been here before, we had a little trouble finding it. The trailhead is unmarked. Next time, we will be hiking our canoe down. :]
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Spider Lake
Location
Olympics -- South
Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal Ranger District
Statistics
Roundtrip 2.0 miles
Elevation Gain 250 ft
Highest Point 1400 ft
Features
Lakes
Old growth
Wildlife
Guidebooks & Maps
Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula (Romano - Mountaineers Books)
Green Trails Mt Tebo No. 199

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