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Black spider a little more than an inch long (see fir needles in the picture for comparison). The end of the abdomen had two "spikes". Large palps indicate it was a male. Shiny black legs with prominent long hairs, shiny black main segment, fuzzy abdomen. Running along the ground fairly quickly until it felt threatened when I was taking its picture and it drew its legs inward.
Old mixed forest 3 miles inland from the Pacific coast, about 500' elevation.
I've entertained thoughts that this is a trapdoor spider (it looks like the pictures) but have not heard of such a creature in our woods. We have black ground spiders that move quickly, but they stay in the grass and are quite a bit smaller. LATER: Apparently they're here but stay hidden. These spiders are similar to tarantulas in that their fangs slice down rather than pinching.