Access Report: Updated at least every Wednesday evening

** Updated February 16, 2017 **

We suggest reading other visitor reports on WTA.org: HERE.

** Flood warning for 2/16 - 2/18. There is a possible risk of landslides in flooded areas. **

Winter is the most challenging time of year to visit Goldmyer. SNOW has accumulated and cold, wet, icy conditions persist. Please check weather reports for North Bend, WA and surrounding areas.

There is roughly 3 feet of snow on the Goldmyer property and deep snow on the road. Small SUVs will not have significant clearance.

For the Drive: There are very slushy conditions on the Middle Fork Road. High-ground-clearance vehicles (such as a truck, Jeep, or LARGE SUV) with 4WD and CHAINS are all necessary - use caution!!

For the Hike: We recommend snow shoes.


The Middle Fork Road is now open 7 days a week to the Dingford Trailhead; however, please be advised that continued construction and weather may interfere with travel during the fall and winter months.

  • Visitors may be delayed waiting for construction vehicles.
  • Make a RESERVATION before planning your visit.
  • Monitor the WEATHER throughout the week approaching your visit.
    • This time of year, it is unrealistic to expect dry weather. The mountains receive twice the rainfall as Seattle/Eastside. Expect and be prepared for rain.
  • Be PREPARED for the worst case scenario as conditions change quickly.

DRIVING :

  • A HIGH-GROUND-CLEARANCE vehicle with 4WD or AWD is necessary to reach the trail head (truck or SUV).
  • Beyond the new pavement, it is VERY rough and potholed for aprox 8 miles.
  • There's NO cell service or GPS shortly after exiting I-90.
  • In case you get stuck; have a spare tire, shovel, work gloves, a chainsaw for fallen trees, and a First Aid Kit.
  • NW Forest Pass is required to park at the trail head.

HIKE :

  • A HIGH-GROUND-CLEARANCE vehicle is necessary to drive to the trail head and parking area (NW Forest Pass).
  • The recommended hiking route is fairly flat (4.5 miles each way).
  • Mountain bikers should use this route.
  • The alternative Middle Fork Trail is not recommended in winter months due to multiple river crossings and down trees.