Gold Creek Pond & Trail
Video of Gold Creek Pond near Snoqualmie, WA. Taken by Explore Washington State – December 21, 2017
We had heard that Gold Creek Pond near Snoqualmie Pass in Washington was the perfect spot for snowshoe beginners. But we were also pleasantly surprised to discover that it’s not short on incredible views. With Kendall Peak to the NorthWest and Rampart Ridge, Chikamin Peak and Alta Mountain to the NorthEast, your view of the valley is really quite spectacular.
Things To Know Before You Go….
A recreation pass is required. You can purchase one here (we have no affiliation with this site): https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mbs/pa…
In the summer, you can drive all the way up the road and park right in a parking lot by the restrooms. From there, it’s only a few hundred yards to the edge of the pond.
In the winter, unless you have a vehicle with really good clearance and a set of darn good snow tires, you’ll want to park down at the base of the road towards the Hyak exit and hike back in on snowshoes. It’s still less than a mile to get back to the pond with literally no elevation gain.
There is a 1.2 mile paved trail around the pond and you can hike pretty far up the valley as you mostly follow Gold Creek north towards Chikamin Peak in the distance.
It Used To Be A Gravel Pit?
Yep, that’s right. Gold Creek Pond actually used to be a huge gravel pit during the 1970’s. Construction crews building I90 nearby at the tip of Lake Keechelus used the pit until the 1980’s. At that point, the site was cleaned up and eventually became the deep, clear pond we see today. One of the best features of the area is the paved 1.2 mile path around the pond. It is ADA accessable and great for families with young kids.
Since this area is easy to get to, well maintained and affords incredible views of the Cascades, it is almost always a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, no matter the season. So be prepared to share the trail with some other people, unless you’ve got plans to bushwhack your way up the side of the mountain.
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