Gold Creek Pond and Heli’s Pond Winter Route

Difficulty
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Easy
Duration
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1.5-2h
Distance
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7.2 km
Elevation
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51 m
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The Gold Creek Pond and Heli’s Pond Winter Route is the best way to access a picturesque area atop Snoqualmie Pass. The hike is long and easy. It’s suitable for kids and features a mountain pond surrounded by green forest and a frame of mountains.

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Route Description for Gold Creek Pond and Heli’s Pond Winter Route

Gold Creek Pond is a pretty mountain pond surrounded by green forest and rolling mountains, and Heli’s Pond is a teeny-tiny little gem just beyond Gold Creek. This trail is easy, sweet, and still enjoyable in the wintertime.

The trail begins by heading away from the parking lot on a road. Where the road splits, stay left and continue past the parking area and restrooms to the pond. You can loop around the pond either clockwise or counterclockwise, but you’ll pick up the trail on the northeast corner of the lake.

Continue up along the road, keeping left where it splits again. You’ll want to stay on Starwater Drive while it turns into Gold Creek Lane and then go right onto Chikamin Peak Road. Continue on this road to the left-hand path to Heli’s Pond. You can loop around the pond here and then follow the same route back.

Insider Hints for Gold Creek Pond and Heli’s Pond Winter Route

  • Note that the pass requirements for access are different in the winter.

Getting to the Gold Creek Pond and Heli’s Pond Winter Route Trailhead

The trailhead for the Gold Creek Pond and Heli’s Pond Winter Route is off Gold Creek Road on Forest Road 4832.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    No

  • When to do

    November-April

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Low

  • Route Type

    Lollipop

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