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Hiking in the Sultan Basin

Hiking at Spada Lake

Hiking opportunities are provided from the trailhead at the PUD’s South Shore Recreation Site to the Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Greider Lakes (click here for a map). This trail is for pedestrian hiking only. Parking is available at the South Shore Recreation Site. Be sure to park on the east side of the parking area, near the trailhead if you plan to camp overnight on DNR land. No overnight camping is allowed on PUD land.

The trail from the South Shore Recreation Site will lead you to the PUD’s day-use only Nighthawk and Bear Creek Recreation Sites. The Nighthawk Site is approximately 0.6 miles from the South Shore trailhead and the Bear Creek Site is approximately 1.2 miles from the trailhead. The Bear Creek Recreation Site provides two overlooks with great views of Spada Lake Reservoir.

Beyond the PUD’s recreation sites, the trail leads to DNR’s Morning Star Natural Conservation Resources Area and Greider Lakes and Boulder Lakes trailheads. Be sure to contact DNR for the most current trail and recreation information at the DNR website. Conditions along the trail and at the recreation areas have recently changed.

The PUD has a trailhead that begins at the Gateway Recreation Site on the Culmback Dam road. This trail leads north to the new Culmback Dam Recreation Site and across the Dam to the relocated North Shore Recreation Site. South of the Gateway site is the trailhead for the Sultan River Canyon Trail along the old Forest Service Road 6122 leading down to the Sultan River.