Access Report: Updated at least every Wednesday evening

Goldmyer is open year round in all weather conditions - rain, snow, shine.

Check the forecast prior to visit and plan accordingly.

National Weather Service - North Bend

Middle Fork Valley Weather Information

TRAVEL TIME FROM SEATTLE/TACOMA: 4 - 5 HOURS ONE WAY. APPROX. 2 HOURS DRIVING AND 2-3 HOURS HIKING.

June 11, 2024

VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS:

AWD or 4WD and 8 - 9 inches of ground clearance.

DRIVING CONDITIONS:

No snow on road.

Trees can fall across the road and trail at any time. All visitors should be prepared with saw, axe, or chainsaw to clear downed trees/tree debris from road for access.

Forest Service road to the trailhead can take a minimum of 1 hour to drive. It is unpaved with soft shoulders and limited pull-offs. Expect potholes, ruts, rocks, dips, branches, and water.


HIKE & PROPERTY CONDITIONS:

Waterproof boots recommended.

Remember: Check-in is on the property after the hike.

Dutch Miller Gap Trail is the recommended and most direct route. This trail is located past the metal gate in the Dingford Creek trailhead parking lot.
  • Dutch Miller Gap trail is approx. 5 miles one-way at 200 ft elevation. Plan to hike 2-3 hours each way.
  • Expect: rocks, ruts, potholes.
  • Open to mountain bikes year round.
Middle Fork Trail is not recommended. This trail puts you parallel to our property on the opposite side of the Burnt Boot Creek. There is no bridge across - you will have to walk thru the water to get to our property.
  • Middle Fork trail may have frequent obstacles/debris.
  • Burnt Boot Creek can be dangerous to cross due to high, swift-moving water.


IMPORTANT NOTES:

Visiting Goldmyer is a remote, backpacking, wilderness experience that can be very challenging to access.

The Middle Fork Valley is home to a variety of wildlife including bears and mountain lions. Visitors should educate themselves via US Forest Service website here, here, and here.

There is no cell or internet service. Be smart and only drive as far as seems safe. Anticipate hiking farther.

We cannot make reservations for same-day and next-day visitors. If there are openings on the calendar, same-day and next-day visitors must attempt as walk-ins. Walk-ins have no guarantee of entry and are first come, first served. Walk-ins pay caretakers on property in exact cash.

We do not operate a waitlist. If a day reads FULL on the calendar then we are booked to capacity.

Access to Goldmyer is limited to 20 people per day in order to preserve the wilderness environment and avoid over-use.