- Detailed driving and hiking instructions are available on our printable information flyer.
- The access report is updated at least every Wednesday evening.
- Road closures limiting access to Goldmyer and Dingford Creek Trailhead
have begun and will continue through the summers of 2014, 2015, and
- Goldmyer is accessed by a 15 mile unpaved road that varies in quality throughout the year. It is frequently potholed, which can put stress on your vehicle and make access difficult.
- The unpaved road to the trailhead is usually passable by regular clearance vehicles from late spring to early fall.
- For winter access, high clearance vehicles (trucks or SUVs) equipped with chains, a spare tire, and a saw or axe for fallen trees, are ALWAYS recommended.
- The unpaved road is NOT snow plowed, sanded, or monitored for people in distress, which can limit vehicle access to the trailhead during winter.
- The unpaved road is blocked by a locked gate at the Dingford Creek Trailhead.
- A Recreation Pass is now required to park at the Dingford Creek Trailhead. More info can be found through WTA.
- An additional 4.5 mile hike past the gate and across a footbridge over the Middle Fork River brings visitors to Goldmyer Hot Springs. Alternatively, visitors can also hike along the Middle Fork Trail, which is slightly longer and requires several un-bridged stream crossings (not recommended during winter).
- Depending on the time of year, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing offer other exciting ways to travel to Goldmyer along the road past the Dingford Creek gate.
- The road past the gate is always open to bikes. However, the Middle Fork Trail is only open to bikes on odd-calendar days during the spring and summer.
- DRIVING: Seattle to I-90 Exit 34 - Roughly 45 minutes (without interruption)
- DRIVING: I-90 Exit 34 to Dingford Trailhead - Roughly 1 hour 30 minutes
- HIKING: Dingford Trailhead to Goldmyer - 2 to 3 hours at a steady moderate pace
- BIKING: Dingford Trailhead to Goldmyer - 1 to 3 hours, depending on your conditioning and pack weight