- 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 Middle Fork Road is currently CLOSED TO ALL MOTORIZED TRAFFIC by King County Sheriff due to washouts and damage caused by flooding in early January.
- It is UNKNOWN when the road will reopen. The closure due to repairs, alongside the scheduled closure for the FHA paving project, means we cannot determine when the road will be accessible by ANY means of travel until we hear otherwise. The Middle Fork road will definitely be closed to all traffic M-F until the end of October 2015. See Road Closure links for details. There is a possibility the road will be open on the weekends starting sometime in May. 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.
Wash-outs restrict access. The road is free of snow and ice; however, sections of rock and debris, mud, standing water, and water over the roadway complicate travel.
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):
For those hardy souls who want to visit Goldmyer despite, or possibly because of, the road closure: The 19+ miles to the springs are now free from snow and ice but you can always expect some degree of wet ground and puddles along the trek. 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!
Also, be mindful of road crews, heavy machinery, possible tree fall and plenty of mud in the first 6 miles of the trek.
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 7:15), extra food and drinking water (and/or water purifier).Due to snow, ice, and high water crossings we do not recommend the Snow Lake trail or the Middle Fork trail for winter access.