Access Report: Updated at least every Wednesday evening

February 23, 2018:


** There is currently over a foot of snow on the Goldmyer property and more snow falling. Bring snow chains for the drive on the snowy, icy, un-plowed dirt road. Yaktrax, snow shoes and waterproof hiking boots are strongly advised due to conditions. Cold temps and snow are likely to continue throughout the week. **

In the winter and spring, HIGH GROUND CLEARANCE VEHICLES (Truck or LARGE SUV) are necessary to reach the trail head. Don't attempt the trip if you do not have a vehicle suitable for the VERY rough Forest Service road. There is always the possibility of snow, ice, down trees, or high water on the road. Use exceptional caution, bring emergency tools in vehicle.

Subarus and other small SUVs are NOT suitable for this season!! Rental vehicles are ill-advised because of the rough road, high water, or snow; requiring chains (which are not provided by some rental companies, or not allowed by others). Research your vehicle options before committing to a reservation.

Summer months also require high ground clearance vehicles.

The alternative Middle Fork trail to access to Goldmyer is NOT RECOMMENDED. There are multiple difficult/dangerous creek crossings. The foot log crossing Burntboot Creek was damaged beyond use in the October flood event. This creek is often to deep and swift to wade!

  • Make a RESERVATION before planning your visit. Walking in without a reservation is NOT recommended.
  • Monitor the WEATHER throughout the week approaching your visit.
  • Be PREPARED for the worst case scenario as conditions change quickly.
  • Approximately 5 mile HIKE EACH WAY from the trail head (expect >2 hrs of hiking each way). Sunset is 5 pm - 6 pm in February - March (this may effect departure and arrival times).