Access Report: Updated at least every Wednesday evening

** Updated March 26, 2017 **

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

**Snow has mostly melted on the road to the Dingford Gate.

~ Always use caution and be prepared for cold, wet conditions. ~

In general, it takes 4-5 hours to reach the Goldmyer Property from Seattle (driving + hiking), and winter weather must be factored-in to your travel plans.

Spring melt-off along with rainfall means the potential for high water, especially at the washouts, along the Middle Fork Road. Check reports and use caution ~ HIGH CLEARANCE VEHICLES are ALWAYS BEST ~ Subaru Outbacks have been known to get stuck or damaged due to potholes. Please don't attempt the trip if you do not have a vehicle suitable for the rough road.

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 summer months.

  • Visitors may be delayed waiting for construction vehicles Mondays and Fridays throughout the summer.
  • 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.