Type of HikeOvernight
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition
RoadRoad recommended for high clearance only
BugsBugs were not too bad
Took an overnight backpacking trip to the hot springs via the Dingford Creek Trail. The Middle Fork Road is in great condition - it looks like they put down fresh gravel - but the 5-ish miles on Dingford Creek Road sure is a nail-biter! A high-clearance vehicle is a must... My Nissan Rogue (2WD) passed through like a champ. There were only 2 or 3 truly nerve-wracking moments crossing washouts and dried out riverbeds, but with patience and taking it slowly, it's doable! It took us about 1.5 hours to get to the trailhead from Issaquah. The 4.5 mile hike to the caretaker cabin is relatively easy... It's snow-free and a gentle grade along the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River. Once at the caretaker cabin it's about another 0.3 miles to the springs at a steeper incline, but you'll be there before you know it. There are three pools to enjoy - the pool at the top is the warmest and extends back into the side of the mountain about 20 feet! The campsites are spacious and placed well apart from each other. No need to bring your bear canister or camp chair, each site has one or two log benches and bear wire, and the caretaker will provide you with a bucket.