- The road to Goldmyer reopened on noon Friday, December 18th.
- Please read the access report for current conditions as they change quickly in the winter.
- 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
February 6th, 2016
There is currently some melting snow in the Middle Fork valley and at Goldmyer. There are trees down on the trail. IF you attempt a visit, be prepared for off-road winter driving and hiking conditions. 4WD, high-clearance vehicles are currently required to reach the trail-head.
Be prepared for up to 2.5 hrs DRIVING + 2 - 3 HOURS HIKING in each direction. With current conditions, we recommend good waterproof gear. Skis and snowshoes are NOT recommended at this time.
For the Drive
HIGH-CLEARANCE vehicles (trucks or SUVs) with 4-wheel or all-wheel drive ONLY, good tires, a spare tire, shovel & work gloves (in case you get stuck), and a saw or axe for fallen trees are all necessary. Keep in mind that you will lose cell service shortly after exiting I-90 and that the 15 mile partially paved road to the trail head is NOT monitored for people in distress. It is very rough and potholed. Keep track of your mileage as you might not get your vehicle all the way to the trail head. Give yourself plenty of time.
For the Hike
Be prepared for some snow in places. Have good waterproof boots with gaiters, crampons/Yaktrax, and cold weather gear. There are 20+ trees down on the trail which would make xxskis a challenge (and snow is patchy). It is 4.5 miles each way from the gate at Dingford Trail head and a gradual incline as you approach the property. Always bring a headlamp/flashlight and extra batteries, even if you're just vising for the day. Give yourself plenty of time. If camping: sites are snow-covered.
The Middle Fork Road is currently OPEN to ALL traffic as of noon on Friday, December 18th. Please check back for updates as conditions change quickly in the winter.