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Goldmyer Hot Springs

Snoqualmie Region

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Hiked Apr 29, 2016

Type of Hike


Trail Conditions

Trail in good condition


Road recommended for high clearance only


Bugs were not too bad


Snow free
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.


Which trail?

Thank you for the write-up! I'm headed there tomorrow for the first time. Question...supposedly you can get there by two choices...the Middle Fork road or along the river if I am correct. What do you recommend?
Thanks in advance!

Posted by:

Lobulu on May 13, 2016 10:26 AM

saramarge on Goldmyer Hot Springs

Hi there! You can either take the Dingford Creek trail to Goldmyer (the way we took) or you can take the Middle Fork trail. The Middle Fork way is longer by about 4 or 5 miles and has some tough obstacles (river crossings, downed trees) but you don't have to drive up a forest road to get to the trailhead.

Posted by:

saramarge on May 13, 2016 10:37 AM


Thanks for the reply! Do I have this right then?
Middle Fork's about a 4/5 mile hike with obstacles but I don't have to drive to the Dingford trailhead?
And if I go the Dingford route...I drive to the Dingford Trailhead and take a trail there?
I have a high clearance vehicle, so I'm good there. I'm leaning toward the Dingford.
Thanks for your help!

Posted by:

Lobulu on May 13, 2016 11:30 AM

saramarge on Goldmyer Hot Springs

The Dingford Creek trail is about 4.5 miles total to Goldmyer from the trailhead, the Middle Fork trail is about 5 miles *longer* (I actually think it's about 11 miles total from the trailhead to Goldmyer).

Posted by:

saramarge on May 13, 2016 11:36 AM

Thank you!

Thanks for the info! Dingford trail it is. Have a great weekend!

Posted by:

Lobulu on May 13, 2016 12:25 PM

saramarge on Goldmyer Hot Springs

Thanks! You too! Enjoy your visit!

Posted by:

saramarge on May 13, 2016 12:32 PM