Access Report: Updated at least every Wednesday evening

** Updated March 21, 2017 **

We suggest reading other visitor reports on WTA.org: HERE.

**Snow has mostly melted on the road to the Dingford Gate. High clearance vehicles still necessary for rough road and of course, the 3 washout creeks have potential for high water.

RAIN is still likely in the near future...be prepared for COLD, WET conditions ~~ USE CAUTION ~~ **

In general, it takes 4-5 hours to reach the Goldmyer Property from Seattle (driving + hiking), and winter weather must be factored-in to your travel plans.

Winter is the most challenging time of year to visit Goldmyer. SNOW has accumulated and cold, wet, icy conditions persist. Chains could become necessary again if we see temps drop along with snowfall - check reports and use caution through the end of March.


The Middle Fork Road is now open 7 days a week to the Dingford Trailhead; however, please be advised that continued construction and weather may interfere with travel during summer months.

  • Visitors may be delayed waiting for construction vehicles Mondays and Fridays throughout the summer.
  • Make a RESERVATION before planning your visit.
  • Monitor the WEATHER throughout the week approaching your visit.
    • This time of year, it is unrealistic to expect dry weather. The mountains receive twice the rainfall as Seattle/Eastside. Expect and be prepared for rain.
  • Be PREPARED for the worst case scenario as conditions change quickly.

DRIVING :

  • A HIGH-GROUND-CLEARANCE vehicle with 4WD or AWD is necessary to reach the trail head (truck or SUV).
  • Beyond the new pavement, it is VERY rough and potholed for aprox 8 miles.
  • There's NO cell service or GPS shortly after exiting I-90.
  • In case you get stuck; have a spare tire, shovel, work gloves, a chainsaw for fallen trees, and a First Aid Kit.
  • NW Forest Pass is required to park at the trail head.

HIKE :

  • A HIGH-GROUND-CLEARANCE vehicle is necessary to drive to the trail head and parking area (NW Forest Pass).
  • The recommended hiking route is fairly flat (4.5 miles each way).
  • Mountain bikers should use this route.
  • The alternative Middle Fork Trail is not recommended in winter months due to multiple river crossings and down trees.