- 7 day a week road closures currently limit access to Goldmyer and Dingford Creek Trailhead.
- The only way to guarantee access to Goldmyer is by making a reservation.
- Access to Goldmyer is limited to 20 people per day.
- These directions explain the challenging, and rewarding, adventure required to visit Goldmyer.
- The calendar displays the number of available reservations for each day.
- The weather forecast should be considered when preparing for your trip.
Goldmyer Hot Springs is a gem of the wilderness found nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, roughly 25 miles east of North Bend, WA.
Visiting Goldmyer is a wilderness experience and guests are expected to pack in all necessary supplies for their journey.
Amenities provided to visitors by Goldmyer are limited, but include an open-air cabana at the hot spring pools, campsites with food hanging lines and containers, two stocked outhouses, two public picnic tables, and a bike rack.
Visitors gain access to rugged wilderness terrain, hiking trails through old growth forest, beautiful waterfalls, and a crystal clear natural geothermal hot spring.
Goldmyer is owned and managed by Northwest Wilderness Programs, a nonprofit organization established in 1976 to protect this treasure of the wilderness for the use of generations to come.
Access Report Updated at least every Wednesday evening
August 27, 2014
7 Day a Week Road Closures: July 28th - September 26th
During the road closure, Goldmyer can be accessed via the Snow Lake Trail (FS 1013) or the CCC Trail (FS 9010). The Snow Lake route is an 11-mile hike (one way) and the CCC route is a 14-mile hike; either way you should be well prepared to camp and hike out the following day. Always carry a Forest Service trail map and compass, as these routes require adequate trail finding skills. Keep in mind that clear skies do not necessarily correlate to dry ground and no rain. Proper footwear and waterproof gear is recommended year-round.
Snow Lake Trail (11mi hike):
From Seattle, take I-90 east to exit #52. From the exit, turn North (left), crossing under the freeway, and continue to the end of the road at the Alpental Ski Area parking lot. You will see the trailhead on the right. From Snow Lake (about 4 mi- see wta.org for more detailed trail info) continue down the Rock Creek Trail (FS 1013.1) towards the Middle Fork Trail (FS 1003). This trail is steep, dropping 2,500 ft to the valley floor, and includes some rocky sections. Once you reach the Middle Fork Trail, head East (right). After about 2.5mi, cross Burntboot Creek on the log bridges and follow signs for Goldmyer. At this point in the year, all snow has melted along the trail. Some sections of the trail are overgrown but still manageable to follow. Note: there is no water source between Snow Lake and the Middle Fork Trail.
CCC Trail/Road (14+mi hike/bike):
weekends only, you can drive up the usual route on the Middle Fork Snoqualmie
River Road as far as the CCC trailhead. Park in an available gravel turnout
along the road. This CCC Trail is a wide, single-track trail (once a logging road and now closed to motors). Expect at least one stream crossing. In 3 miles, you will reach the Middle Fork Campground where you will have the choice of continuing on the Middle Fork Snoqualmie
River Road or taking the Middle Fork Trail. From there, you will have an 11+ mile journey to Goldmyer. This trail is fairly level with little elevation gain or loss.
The 18 mile, unmaintained dirt road approaching the trailhead is riddled with potholes.
High clearance vehicles (trucks, or large SUVs) are recommended.
Low clearance vehicles (cars, sedans) are NOT recommended as they could be damaged.
Keep speeds slow and take it easy on this very rough road.
Ensure there is plenty of tread on your tires as sharp rocks may cause flats.
Bring a saw or axe in case a fallen blocks your way out of the valley (there are currently some hangers).
There is no cell phone coverage for the last 25 miles of your journey (shortly after exiting I-90).
For the hike (when the road is open):
Although conditions continue to dry, expect large puddles and water crossings on the hike in along the old roadbed.
Appropriate waterproof gear should always be in your pack or on your person.
For those choosing to hike the Middle Fork Trail keep in mind that Thunder Creek is still somewhat high with snow melt.
A few crossing have primitive log bridges (including Thunder Creek)
Keep in mind that clear skies do not necessarily correlate to dry ground and no rain.
Check the weather and be prepared for the worst case scenario.
Camping overnight at Goldmyer always means being the most prepared for poor weather conditions.
Know that conditions change rapidly, always be prepared!