- The only way to guarantee access to Goldmyer is by making a reservation.
- Access to Goldmyer is limited to 20 people per day.
- These directions explain the challenging, and rewarding, adventure required to visit Goldmyer.
- The calendar displays the number of available reservations for each day.
- The weather forecast should be considered when preparing for your trip.
Goldmyer Hot Springs is a gem of the wilderness found nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, roughly 25 miles east of North Bend, WA.
Visiting Goldmyer is a wilderness experience and guests are expected to pack in all necessary supplies for their journey.
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
November 21, 2014
Weekday Road Closures: None until May 2015! (Sort of....)
October 31st was the final day of M-F road closure....However, the contractors will continue working weekdays through Wednesday November 26. During these times traffic will be controlled by flaggers and pilot cars. Delays of up to 60 mins can be expected.
For the Drive :
The 20 mile dirt road approaching the Dingford Trailhead is riddled with potholes. There is no cell phone coverage for the last 20 miles of your journey (shortly after exiting I-90).
Higher clearance vehicles (trucks or SUVs) are always recommended.
If driving a lower clearance vehicle (cars, sedans), drive slowly especially over rough areas to reduce the chance of under-carriage damage, or turn around before you do damage to your vehicle. Tow trucks are expensive!
Keep speeds slow and take it easy on this road. Single lane traffic and limited sight-lines make speeding additionally dangerous to all travelers.
Ensure there is plenty of tread on your tires as sharp rocks may cause flats. Always carry a spare tire.
Bring a saw or axe in case a fallen tree blocks your way along the road.
For the hike:
Be aware that the Middle Fork Valley receives twice the precipitation as Seattle/Eastside communities receive.
This means it can be dry in the city and raining/slushing/snowing in the Valley.
Check the weather and be prepared for the worst case scenario.
Always carry rain gear, jacket, and good hiking shoes.
Also always carry: flashlight (even if you're day-tripping) and drinking water (and/or water purifier).
Allow yourself extra time as your journey to GM will probably take longer than you think it will.
For those choosing to hike the Middle Fork Trail keep in mind that there are unbridged stream crossings which can be un-crossable during high water conditions.
Also keep in mind that clear skies do not necessarily correlate to dry ground and no rain. We had heavy rains this week which leads to muddy trails and slippery rocks. Proper footwear and waterproof gear is recommended year-round.
Always check the calendar before making the trek; guaranteed access is only by way of making a reservation on the phone.
As stated above, Goldmyer receives twice the precipitation as Seattle/Eastside communities. GM also lies at about 2000 ft. elevation so the precip can turn to slush/snow as we get closer to winter. Always be prepared for adverse weather conditions.
Snow Lake Trail Option (11mi hike)
If you want to skip the road hassles and take a longer more challenging hike instead the Snow Lake Trail (FS 1013) is still passable (11 miles one way). When taking this route, come prepared for the possibility of snow/ice and plan to camp and hike out the following day. Always carry a Forest Service trail map and compass, as these routes require adequate trail finding skills.
From Seattle, take I-90 east
to exit #52. From the exit, turn North (left), crossing under the freeway, and
continue to the end of the road at the Alpental Ski Area parking lot. You
will see the trailhead on the right. From Snow Lake
(about 4 mi- see wta.org for more detailed trail info)
continue down the Rock
Creek Trail (FS 1013.1) towards the Middle Fork Trail (FS 1003) or "Middle Fork Road." This trail is steep, dropping 2,500 ft to the valley floor, and includes some rocky sections. Once you reach
the Middle Fork Trail, head East (right). After about 2.5mi, cross Burntboot Creek on the log
bridges and follow signs for Goldmyer. Note: there is no water source between Snow Lake and the Middle Fork Trail.