Goldmyer Hot Springs Trail
The Goldmyer Hot Springs Trail is an out-and-back trail near Snoqualmie Pass that is moderately trafficked and rated as easy. This hike passes through lush forest alongside the Snoqualmie River to a wonderful set of hot springs. Make sure you do the legwork before you go, though! The springs are on private property and only 20 permits per day are given to access them. Permits are available at www.goldmyer.org. Please don’t try to hike this trail without a reservation as you will be disappointed. The perk of this system is that you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the hot springs without the crowd!
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Route Description for Goldmyer Hot Springs Trail
The Goldmyer Hot Springs are thoroughly enjoyable, and these warm little pools are the perfect soak after a long hike in. This trail leads you to the hot springs, which are owned and maintained by a private organization. Because of this, you can only hike a portion of the access trail without a permit. If you wish to visit the springs (which you definitely should), you’ll need to make an advance reservation. There are 20 reservations made available each day. The springs are kept by lovely hosts who will show you around and make you comfortable for your visit.
What a luxurious little hike! Dogs are allowed up until the point at which the trail becomes private property, thus you won’t be able to take them to the hot springs with you.
There are a few trails that access the Goldmyer Hot Springs Trail, including Dutch Miller Gap Trail and Middle Fork Trail. When the paving of Middle Fork is done, it will be the easiest way. Until then, most hikers use Dutch Miller Gap because it’s in better condition with easier creek crossings, but both trails are mostly flat and easy.
Begin from the Dutch Miller Gap trailhead at the parking lot, crossing the river and hiking through a second-growth forest. Despite being second-growth, the forest is impressive and quite captivating. We recommend taking your time and really enjoying the scenery along this hike.
The trail is mostly flat and easy, and you’ll reach the junction where the trail to the hot springs branches off in a breezy 9.7 km. Dutch Miller Gap Trail goes left, and you’ll want to go right on Goldmyer Hot Springs Trail, crossing the Middle Fork.
The forest here becomes even more magical, following alongside the river and through trees adorned with moss. Come to another junction four miles into the hike. Rock Creek Trail does access Goldmyer, but it is incredibly steep and not well-maintained. We do not recommend it.
Staying on Goldmyer Hot Springs Trail, crossing a handful of creeks. The crossings get increasingly complicated as you go, with the final crossing at Thunder Creek requiring some serious care and attention. This portion of the trail is why children are not advised to hike here.
Hike through more forest, and then a gorgeous meadow. You’ll come upon a creek with a log bridge, which you’ll cross to arrive on the official resort property. Here, the property hosts will greet you and sign you in, leading you to the pools. There are two warm pools and one cold, and the largest is tucked into a very cute cave. Enjoy your soak!
Once you’re done, it’s back along the fabulous forest trail to the parking lot.
Hiking Route Highlights
Goldmyer Hot Springs
These springs are a real gem, tucked into the wilderness far from the hustle of busier trails. Privately owned, they’re limited in their visitors every day to preserve the charm. Goldmyer is owned and managed by Northwest Wilderness Programs, a nonprofit organization established in 1976 to protect the springs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Goldmyer clothing optional?
Yes. Mixed groups are common at the springs, and clothing is optional. While most visitors remain in a swimsuit, we do not recommend this visit for anyone who would be uncomfortable with a clothing-optional space, nor do we recommend trying to bring children.
Is Goldmyer Hot Springs on a lottery?
Yes, there is a lottery for reservations each month. Check the website for directions on how to enter. Entries can usually be made two months in advance.
Can I drive into the Goldmyer Hot Springs?
The hike to the springs is required as there is no direct drive-in access for visitors.
Insider Hints for Goldmyer Hot Springs Trail
- The road to the trailhead is in very poor condition. A high clearance vehicle and a healthy dose of caution are strongly recommended.
- The trail can be very muddy in the spring, so wear waterproof hiking boots if you have them.
- Don’t forget your Northwest Forest Pass!
Getting to the Goldmyer Hot Springs Trail Trailhead
The trailhead for the Goldmyer Hot Springs Trail is on Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road, about 19.0 km up from the junction with 468th Street.
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