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Goldmyer Hot Springs — Apr 16, 2014 — flypig687
Day hike
Issues: Mudholes | Water on trail | No water source
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I hiked to Goldmyer Hot Springs on 16 April with a friend. Before going into the trail and hot sprin...
I hiked to Goldmyer Hot Springs on 16 April with a friend. Before going into the trail and hot springs, I need to talk about the road to get to the trail head. The road, middle fork road, is not very good. As many other reports have stated it is full of large potholes, some parts are washed out and its very rocky. Luckily, even with all the rain, it was not very muddy just wet. I was able to get through it with my 2012 Subaru Forester without to much of a problem. I would highly recommend a SUV/Truck with similar or better ground clearance. Right now 4x4 or AWD is not required, but would be a good idea. Tire chains are not needed. The road is unpaved for about 16mi, of which 10mi is pretty bad; it took us a little less than an hour to drive the road each direction.

Once you reach the end of the road you are at the trail head, according to the website there are two trails, we decided to take the shorter trail which is 4.5mi each direction. The trail is pretty much flat with only minimal elevation gain/loss and the little there is, is quite gentile. The trail also follows what seems to be a fire road until the very end, right before the cabin. We both agreed that the steepest part of the trail is the last 1/4mi from the Goldmyer cabin to the actual springs. The trail took us about 1.5hrs to hike and is in very good condition. Obviously with the rain it was wet and there were some big puddles.

The springs themselves are awesome! We were there for way longer than anticipated, but the time flew by. It was also our lucky day and the entire time we were there it was just us in the tubs.

After we got dressed again we hiked back the same route and it took about the same 1.5hrs to get to the car. We had to drive back down the road in the dark, which was not a big deal.

Overall, if you have a SUV/Truck with 7ish+ inch ground clearance you will be fine, just take it slow. Highly recommend checking out the springs, but make sure to visit the website to see the deal about the 20 spots/day and how many are left.
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Goldmyer Hot Springs — Feb 23, 2014 — SeattleSorrySnake
Day hike
Issues: Blowdowns | Mudholes | Water on trail | Snow on trail
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Snow and lots of potholes on the road. Probably about a foot of snow by the time you reach the trail...
Snow and lots of potholes on the road. Probably about a foot of snow by the time you reach the trail head. My subaru impreza handled the potholes fine but my bald tires made the drive tricky and we ended up all piling into our second vehicle, a Tacoma with with chains, although the chains were a precaution and were not needed. At the trail head there was a few small SUVs that made it without chains.

The trail in had about 1-2 feet of packed snow with a few dry rocky patches here and there. I wore snowshoes but the other 6 in the group decided not to wear theirs. I would recommend Yaktraks because we had a few nasty slips and sore hips. The hike took about 1.5-2 hours and I was real slick for that last 1/4 between the cabin and the actual hot spring. Again, I would recommend traction devices on shoes.

Water was hot and most pleasant and the world was full of wet green pine bows and downy flakes falling all day. The walk back was fine but by that time gear was pretty wet. Next time I need to remember to bring the care takers some chocolates and a little whisky.

Apparently the road in will be closed summer 2014 and 2015 for paving so get your soaking in now.
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Goldmyer Hot Springs — Oct 19, 2013 — Jeb
Overnight
Features: Fall foliage
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Last weekend a few friends joined my wife and I at one of our favorite places - Goldmyer Hotsprings....
Last weekend a few friends joined my wife and I at one of our favorite places - Goldmyer Hotsprings. This was Colin's first time to the springs, and we had another first-timer as well. aDam is the official mascot of Fazed, an incredible online community which I was lucky enough to stumble across many years ago. For the last few years (besides a few months of being lost) aDam has been travelling the globe from fazer to fazer, living it up in a fashion that most living breathing people will would envy. He finally arrived on my doorstep for the first time a few weeks ago and we have been having a blast, as you already know if you've been following my blog.

We left the newly upgraded Dingford Creek Trailhead at 10:30 am, leaving just enough time for the hike before we would be allowed into the springs at noon. FYI, as there is now a bathroom at the trailhead, a NW Forest Service Pass is now required to park there. Many thanks to the volunteers who offered to drive in some of our heavy/bulky gear!

We always hike in along the road as it's shorter and more scenic than the trail on the South side of the river. Snoqualmie Mountain, Wild Dare Peak, and Mount Thomson are just a few of the snow-capped peaks that pop in and out of view along the way. The weather could not have been more perfect for a backpacking trip in late October.

We arrived at the caretaker's cabin just after Noon. Before it came into view, a generator and other sounds of construction could be heard echoing through the woods. We met the new caretakers and headed down to our usual campsite above Burnt Boot Creek. After a quick set-up and warm food it was off to the hotsprings to soak away our worries. We stopped at Grandpa - a 900-year-old Douglas Fir - and made an attempt to lock arms around him, but came up about a foot short.

The springs were as busy as ever and very naked when we arrived. Steffy and I squeezed our way in while the rest of the group waited for some more room to open up. At one point there were about 12 people in the cave, the most I'd ever seen. The good news about the head count was that only 8 people including the five of us had made overnight reservations, and sure enough the day-hikers filtered out and we had the place to ourselves within a few hours.

We returned to camp for dinner and then headed right back up the trail to take full advantage of the trip. The hotsprings are a magical place made even more special at night. The eyes require less adjusting between the cave and outer pools, and a few glow sticks add nicely to the ambiance. We made no effort to plan the trip around the moon cycle but we were lucky enough to end up out there the day after a full moon. It's path allowed for several hours of an eerie spotlight through the gap in the trees provided by roaring Rock Creek, as well as some headlamp-free hiking back to camp. We all stayed until we were dozing off in the water, then made our way back to camp where we shared some goodies and then crashed out hard.

The next morning we had all slept in, leaving just an hour for a farewell soak before rushing down to break camp. We stopped for a last hot meal at the camp across the footbridge, then enjoyed a pleasant hike out under more blue skies. As we approached North Bend the sky darkened and rain and fog appeared. It felt great to be home, and even better to have spent the weekend under a patch of sunshine.

More Pictures and route map @ http://www.jebsjourneys.com/[…]/2013-10-19-goldmyer-hotsprings.html
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Goldmyer Hot Springs — Apr 25, 2013 — BigButtDon
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
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On the best April spring day in the last 5 years , Geezer Patrol was at its full compliment as we de...
On the best April spring day in the last 5 years , Geezer Patrol was at its full compliment as we decided to stretch our old wheels for ten miles RT to the Springs. Having heard about this area for the past 40 years, it was time to make the hoof. FR 56 is a pothole mess again and it took us 50 minutes from North Bend to the Dingford Creek TH. Fortunately we were all alone on the road along the north side of the Snoqualmie Middle Fork as one of our party elected to dress like a sockeye in heat - some colors are just not appropriate for blending in with Pac NW environments.
All was forgiven as we sauntered along the easy road trail admiring the clear bluegreen waters and the views south toward Wright Mountain. At about 4.5 miles a road spur heads back down to the river crossing over a fine, relatively new foot bridge. A quick walk up the Goldmyer Trail (well marked) and one is greeted by Melissa at the caretakers cabin. $15 and a legal signoff and you're on your way up a .25 mile stairclimb thru big timber to the open air "cabana" and the famous Springs grotto and pool. The 30' long grotto pool was about 105F fed by a tiny inlet at about 110F. The lower pools stayed at about 100F. We soaked the old carcasses for about an hour thoroughly enjoying the respite before the 5 mile trudge back to the car. Burning Boot Creek was ripping past the Springs and with the warm sun, it was not an easy place to leave.

As we trundled back, we located the trail south to Snow Lake via the Rock Creek Trail which begins with a large log crossing a Middle Fork tributary. There is no trail signage at this location.

All you need to know about this hike is at http://www.goldmyer.org/. Go do it before the crowds come.
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Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area

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