About

Goldmyer Hot Springs

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.

Goldmyer is a minimally developed wilderness area with a hot spring emerging from inside an old horizontal mine shaft. Water flows steadily from the source of the spring at 125ºF (52ºC), with the ambient temperature of the "cave" hovering around 111ºF (44ºC). This water cascades into nearby pools with progressively cooler temperatures, down to 104ºF (40ºC). A cold water pool is located adjacent to the hot spring pools for cool downs.

The natural geothermic hot water at Goldmyer carries a range of minerals, all in low amounts. The primary minerals present are sodium, chloride, silica, bicarbonate, sulfate, potassium, and calcium. The pH of the springs is moderately high, about 8.5. The springs have an earthy mineral fragrance, but no strong sulfur smell.

Goldmyer is located at approximately 1800-2000 feet elevation and is surrounded by ancient forests containing trees over 900 years old. Live-in Caretakers check in visitors, perform maintenance, and watch over the property. Access varies throughout the year according to weather conditions.

For anyone interested in exploring the Upper Middle Fork River Valley, Goldmyer makes for an excellent base camp.

Northwest Wilderness Programs

Goldmyer Hot Springs is owned and operated by Northwest Wilderness Programs, a Washington State nonprofit organization established in 1976.

Our goal is to offer wilderness experiences to the public while maintaining the long term preservation policies for the hot springs property and surrounding eco-system that have been in place for over 35 years. NWWP preserves the hot springs and surrounding ancient forest ecosystem for educational, spiritual, recreational, and research purposes.

Our restoration plan at Goldmyer includes letting the property heal itself by restricting access to the number of people who can use the site at one time. Major improvements in the health of this ancient forest have occurred in just the last 20 years due to restricted access coupled with environmental use policies aimed at promoting restoration of the ancient forest ecosystem. Help us preserve Goldmyer Hot Springs: leave only footprints, take away only memories.

95% of all funds received are used for charitable purposes. With the exception of the Goldmyer property caretakers and part-time office staff, the Board of Directors and work force of NWWP is completely made up of volunteers.

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