Beginner Snowshoe - Gold Creek Basin


Beginner Snowshoe - Gold Creek Basin

Come appreciate the full moon on this easy family-friendly snowshoe trip.

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 2.8 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 65 ft
  • Pace: 1-2mph

Please note date change to Monday, March 18.

Meet at 6:45pm at the WSDOT rest area/Red Coffee at Snoqualmie Pass-- from eastbound I-90, take exit 52, pass by the Summit West ski area, and the rest area is on your left, roughly across the street from Dru Bru brewery. Map: 

Please let leader know if you plan on meeting directly at the Gold Creek trailhead instead.

Driving directions from the WTA for the Gold Creek trailhead:
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.

Be sure to bring a headlamp for each person, a flashlight or two, and maybe a thermos of something hot to drink. We'll make this an easy loop around the Gold Creek pond to experience the full moon, and maybe extend a little further if energy levels are high.

Avalanche danger should not be a problem for this outing. However, if the weather forecast is really poor\low visibility or I-90 driving conditions are questionable, this outing may be canceled.

Sno-Parks Permit is required to park at Gold Creek. (Discover Pass, NW Forest Pass, national park pass aren't valid).


Gold Creek Basin

  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S

    Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207

    USGS Chikamin Peak

    USGS Snoqualmie Pass
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Headlamps and flashlights 
  • Snowshoes (leader has extra adult-sized snowshoes to lend - ask if you need a pair)
  • Poles
  • Sno-Parks Permit required for parking at the Gold Creek Sno-Park (Discover Pass, NW Forest Pass, National Parks pass not valid).
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