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.


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

Information for Leaders


  • 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
  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207
  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S
  • USGS Chikamin Peak
  • USGS Snoqualmie Pass

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

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