Gold Creek Basin


Basic Snowshoe - Gold Creek Pond Loop

Come join me to celebrate the Winter Solstice on this beautiful loop around Gold Creek Pond and beyond!

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  • Easy+
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 500 ft
  • Pace: Easy


Meet at the Maple Valley Park and Ride, 23033 Renton Maple Valley Rd SE, Maple Valley, WA 98038 at 7:00 am. 

Second meeting location we will be at the Preston Park & Ride to meet anyone who would like to carpool from there with an arrival time of approximately 7:45 am. After a quick check-in, and introductions, we will be on our way.

From the Preston Park & Ride we will head up to Gold Creek SnoPark with an approximate arrival time of 9:00 am. 

Mountaineers policy is to wait up to 15 minutes after the meeting time for anyone who may be running late.  Please call or text me if you’ll be any later or need to cancel so that we know whether to expect you.

This is an easy beautiful snowshoe.  We will snowshoe around Gold Creek Pond and the venture to a second unnamed pond where we will have some lunch.  Total trip will be around 5.18 miles.

From Preston Park & ride we will drive Interstate 90 east to Exit 54, 2 miles east of the Snoqualmie Pass summit. Exit I-90, turn north, crossing under the freeway. A few hundred feet north of the highway interchange, turn right into Gold Creek Sno-Park, which follows Forest Road 4832 and drive east parallel to the freeway for 1 mile. Forest Road 142 accesses the Gold Creek Pond trailhead, but is not plowed in winter. Park along Forest Road 4832 (Sno-Park permit required) and hike the 0.3 mile road to the turnoff to the Gold Creek Pond parking area.

Gold Creek Sno-Park can be very busy and congested on weekends and holidays. The road is narrow and often icy.

A Sno-park permit is required for this trip.


Gold Creek Basin

  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S

    Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207

    USGS Chikamin Peak

    USGS Snoqualmie Pass
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