• Detailed driving and hiking instructions are available on our printable information flyer.
  • The access report is updated at least every Wednesday evening.

  • Road closures limiting access to Goldmyer and Dingford Creek Trailhead have begun and will continue through the summers of 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

  • Goldmyer is accessed by a 10 mile paved and 5 mile unpaved forest service road that varies in quality throughout the year. The unpaved portion is frequently potholed, which can put stress on your vehicle and make access difficult.
  • The unpaved road to the trailhead is usually passable by regular clearance vehicles from late spring to early fall.

  • For winter access, high clearance vehicles (trucks or SUVs) equipped with chains, a spare tire, and a saw or axe for fallen trees, are ALWAYS recommended.
  • The unpaved road is NOT snow plowed, sanded, or monitored for people in distress, which can limit vehicle access to the trailhead during winter.

  • The unpaved road is blocked by a locked gate at the Dingford Creek Trailhead.
  • A Northwest Forest Pass is required to park at the Dingford Creek Trailhead, located in the Mt. Bake-Snoqualmie National Forest. An annual pass or a day pass must be purchased and displayed in your vehicle.

  • An additional 4.5 mile hike past the gate and across a footbridge over the Middle Fork River brings visitors to Goldmyer Hot Springs. Alternatively, visitors can also hike along the Middle Fork Trail, which is slightly longer and requires several un-bridged stream crossings (not recommended during winter).

  • Depending on conditions and time of year, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing offer other ways to travel to Goldmyer along the road past the Dingford Creek gate.

  • The road past the gate is always open to bikes. However, the Middle Fork Trail is only open to bikes on odd-calendar days during the spring and summer.

Travel Time

  • DRIVING: Seattle to I-90 Exit 34 - Roughly 45 minutes (without interruption)
  • DRIVING: I-90 Exit 34 to Dingford Trailhead - 1 to 2 hours
  • HIKING: Dingford Trailhead to Goldmyer - 2 to 3 hours at a steady moderate pace
  • BIKING: Dingford Trailhead to Goldmyer - 1 to 3 hours, depending on your conditioning and pack weight