- WARNING: Washouts currently restrict access to Middle Fork Valley, please see Access Report.
- Reservation requests are best made at least two weeks before your intended visit.
- The only way to guarantee access to Goldmyer is by making a reservation.
- Access to the Goldmyer property is limited to 20 people per day.
Visiting Goldmyer is a wilderness experience where guests are expected to pack in (and out) all necessary supplies.
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
**The scheduled FHA paving project has officially begun. Middle Fork Road is now closed to ALL TRAFFIC Monday-Friday. This closure will continue until the end of October 2015. See Road Closure links for details.
** Weekend closure of the Middle Fork Road to all MOTORIZED Traffic continues until repairs to damage caused by washouts from flooding in early January are complete. It is UNKNOWN when the road will reopen on weekends. All reservations for May should be considered tentative and subject to change due to limited access and challenging circumstances on the Middle Fork Road. Call the office for details. Thank you for your patience.
** Please note that conditions change rapidly in the Middle Fork Valley. Make sure to check the weather and come prepared for the worst case scenario even if current conditions seem favorable.
For the Drive:
The road is currently blocked just after the trailhead to Mailbox Peak, due to damage from flooding in early January.
When the road eventually reopens, remember that higher clearance vehicles (trucks or SUVs) equipped with a spare tire, and a saw or axe for fallen trees, are ALWAYS recommended for access. Keep in mind that you will lose cell service shortly after exiting I-90 and that the 15 mile dirt road to the trailhead is NOT snow-plowed, sanded, or monitored for people in distress.
For the Hike(or bike):
Due to FHA paving project the Middle Fork Road is currently closed to hikers and bikers M-F.
For those hardy souls who want to visit Goldmyer on the weekends- despite, or possibly because of, the road closure: The 19+ miles to the springs are a mixed bag ranging from sections of pavement to sections of mud and rocks. If planning to bike, keep in mind that the road/trail has plenty of rough sections so it will likely take longer than you expect and will require a mountain bike. Remember your bike repair kit and don't forget CASH for entry!
As with the drive in you should always be prepared for the worst case scenario. Always carry rain and warm gear, and good waterproof hiking shoes as well as a flashlight / headlamp (even if you're day-tripping, it gets dark at 9:00pm), extra food and drinking water (and/or water purifier).