Gold Creek Winter Sports Area

  

Both motorized and non-motorized winter recreation opportunites are available.

Groomed snowmobile routes leave the parking area and follow Forest Sevice Road 4832 to popular riding areas on Keechelus Ridge.

Non-motorize users can snowshoe or ski around Gold Creek Pond and into the Gold Creek Valley.

You will see Kendall Peak to the northwest, Rampart Ridge to the east, Alta Mountain on the northeast and Chikamin Ridge to the north. Snowshoe north onto Forest Service road 142 to enter the east side of the valley. This valley is about one mile wide and narrows as you proceed up the east side of Gold Creek. Part of this route travels through private residential property in Ski-Tur Valley.

Avalanche slide paths are on either side of the valley off the Kendall Peak area on the west or Rampart Ridge area on the east. Try to stay in the middle of the valley as much as possible or follow the creek up the valley. You will find a good turnaround point as the valley narrows at approximately 3.5 miles at the creek. Snowmobile use is limited to Ski Tur Valley residents.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Grooming has concluded for the 2020-21 season and will resume December 2021 when snow accumulation allows. 
Operational Hours: Grooming has concluded for the 2020-21 season and will resume December 2021 when snow accumulation allows. 
Area Amenities: Toilets,Parking
Fees Washington State Sno-Park Permit is required for all vehicles.  Plan ahead and purchase your Sno-Park Permit before ahead of time. There are no vendors located at Snoqualmie Pass.  Day permits are valid until mid-night of the date printed on the permit. Season Permits are valid November through April. A Special Groomed Trail Sticker is NOT required at Gold Creek Sno-Park. 
Permit Info: Sno-Park ungroomed parking permit required.
Best Season: Winter
Closest Towns: Cle Elum, WA

General Information

General Notes:

This snowshoe route is neither marked nor maintained. Always carry the 10 essentials and have good route-finding skills when venturing into the backcountry. Call ahead for the D.O.T. Road Report at 511 and for avalanche conditions at the Northwest Avalanche Center, 206-526-6677.

Try Summit at Snoqualmie Nordic Center at Exit 54 for groomed, marked and maintained snowshoe trails. Call them at 425-434-6708 for more information.


Directions:

From Cle Elum, take I-90 west for about 28 miles to Hyak exit #54. Take this exit, head north and turn right on Forest Service Road #4832 that parallels the north side of the freeway. Drive 1.0 mile, turn left on Gold Creek road #142 and turn left in 0.3 mile into the Gold Creek Pond parking lot.

From North Bend, take I-90 east for about 24 miles to the Hyak exit #54. Take this exit, head north and turn right on Forest Service Road #4832 that parallels the north side of the freeway. Drive 1.0 mile, turn left on Gold Creek road #142 and turn left in 0.3 mile into the Gold Creek Pond parking lot.


Recreation Map

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Activities


Winter Sports

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XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

General Info:

General Notes

This snowshoe route is neither marked nor maintained. Always carry the 10 essentials and have good route-finding skills when venturing into the backcountry. Call ahead for the D.O.T. Road Report at 511 and for avalanche conditions at the Northwest Avalanche Center, 206-526-6677.

Try Summit at Snoqualmie Nordic Center at Exit 54 for groomed, marked and maintained snowshoe trails. Call them at 425-434-6708 for more information.


Amenities

Parking
Toilets


https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/okawen/recreation/wintersports/recarea/?recid=83445&actid=91