• Monitor the access report for the most up to date information. It is updated at least every Wednesday evening.

  • Detailed driving and hiking instructions are available on the printable information flyer.

  • Goldmyer is accessed by a 12 mile paved and 6 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 may be passable by some regular clearance vehicles from late spring to early fall, but high-clearance vehicles are always recommended.

  • 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 or America the Beautiful Pass must be displayed in your vehicle to park at the Dingford Creek Trailhead, located in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. (Discover Pass not valid)

  • An additional 4.5 mile hike (each way) on the road 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.

  • 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