Gold Creek Basin (winter)

An easy to moderate snowshoe or ski tour through a wide, level valley in the shadow of Kendall Peak to the north and Rampart Ridge to the east near Snoqualmie Pass. It's 4 to 10+ miles round trip and up to 500 feet of elevation gain.

getting there

Take Exit 54 off of I-90 (2 mi east of Snoqualmie Pass), turn left, and cross under the interstate. A few hundred feet north of the interchange, turn right onto a narrow paved road and drive east paralleling I-90 one mile. Cars generally line both sides of this road, because the shoulder is the primary parking area for the long Gold Creek Sno-Park. Park at the end of the plowed road, near the small bridge over the stream connecting Mardee and Keechelus Lakes.

ski & snowshoe route

Leave the Gold Creek Sno-Park and head over to and then up the Gold Creek Valley.  You can make this a short trip of roughly 4 miles round trip looping around Gold Creek Pond if you wish or 10+ miles round trip if you head farther up the valley. The climb is gentle with less than 500 feet of elevation gain for any trip.

notes

  • Snowshoe leaders, please limit elevation gain in order to keep this an Easy difficulty trip.

Information for Leaders

SCHEDULING & Permits

  • If you are scheduling this as a non-course related activity, please limit your group size to the default party size. The maximum party size is for use by course field trips only, and includes both students and instructors. Group size maximums do not reflect how course field trips are run (in smaller groups of students and instructors), but allow for course leaders to register the course in our system.
  • If you are scheduling a course field trip, please contact our Member Services Team to confirm the field trip and any permitting regulations.
  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
  • Length: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 500 ft
  • 3,100 ft
Map
  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207
  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S
  • USGS Chikamin Peak
  • USGS Snoqualmie Pass
Activities

Upcoming Activities



Beginner Snowshoe - Gold Creek Pond Loop

Snowshoeing Trip
Come appreciate the full moon on this easy evening snowshoe trip.
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Sat, Dec 14, 2019
No Prerequisites
3 participants on waitlist 1 leader
Registration closes Dec 11
Foothills Branch

Basic Snowshoe - Gold Creek Pond Loop

Snowshoeing Trip
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Sat, Dec 21, 2019
Prerequisites
7 participants
Registration opens Nov 24
Tacoma Branch

Adventure Activity - Gold Creek Basin (winter)

Youth Youth activity: Mini Mountaineers
Let's get adventurous! Mini Mountaineers will experience climbing, hiking, playing in the snow, and more!
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Sun, Dec 22, 2019
No Prerequisites
12 participants 8 chaperones
Registration closes Dec 20
Tacoma Branch

Beginner Snowshoe - Gold Creek Pond Loop

Snowshoeing Trip
Come appreciate the full moon on this easy evening snowshoe trip.
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Sat, Jan 11, 2020
No Prerequisites
5 participants 1 leader
Registration opens Jan 1
Foothills Branch

Bailey Gatzert - Snowshoeing - Gold Creek Basin (winter)

Youth Youth activity: Mountain Workshop - Bailey Gatzert Elementary School
We will be taking Bailey Gatzert students snowshoeing up along the I-90 Corridor.
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Sat, Feb 1, 2020
No Prerequisites
9 participants 2 instructors
Registration closes Jan 30
Seattle Branch

Nordic ski instructor clinic - Gold Creek Basin (winter)

Cross-country Skiing Field trip: Nordic Ski instructor Clinic
Nordic ski instructor clinic
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Sun, Feb 2, 2020
No Prerequisites
5 participants
Registration closes Jan 31
Everett Branch

Nordic Field Trip - Gold Creek Basin (winter)

Cross-country Skiing Field trip: Nordic (CrossCountry) Ski Course
Nordic Field Trip
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Sat, Feb 8, 2020
No Prerequisites
8 participants 13 instructors
Registration closes Feb 6
Everett Branch

Beginner Snowshoe - Gold Creek Pond Loop

Snowshoeing Trip
Come appreciate the Super Full Moon on this easy evening snowshoe trip.
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Mon, Mar 9, 2020
No Prerequisites
6 participants 1 leader
Registration opens Feb 10
Foothills Branch

Beginner Snowshoe - Gold Creek Pond Loop

Snowshoeing Trip
Come appreciate the full moon on this easy evening snowshoe trip.
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Wed, Apr 8, 2020
No Prerequisites
6 participants 1 leader
Registration opens Mar 20
Foothills Branch
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Titles

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  • Gold Creek Basin
  • Lower Gold Creek Basin
  • Upper Gold Creek Valley
  • Gold Creek Pond Loop
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