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New Event: Backpacking to Goldmyers Hot Spring (12/8-12/9)

From: fRaNkLiN
Sent on: Tuesday, November 27, 2007 4:49 PM
Announcing a new event for Pacific Northwest Backpackers (no dayhikes)!

What: Backpacking to Goldmyers Hot Spring (12/8-12/9)

When: Saturday, December 8, 7:00 AM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Event Description: Goldmyer Hot Springs, one of the most beautiful hot springs in North America, if not the world, is nestled in the foothills of the Cascade mountains, about 25 miles from the town of North Bend, Washington. The road is now blocked by a locked gate about 4.5 miles before the Goldmyer turnoff. However there is now a year round bridge across the river at the former site of the river ford.

Goldmyer is a remote, very beautiful hot springs emerging from inside an old mine shaft. The water temperature at its source is about 120 degrees. The water inside the "cave" is around 110 degrees. The water cascades into several nearby rock pools, with progressively lower temperatures. A cool water pool is located close by for cool downs. Goldmyer is located at approximately 1800 feet elevation. The springs are surrounded by ancient forest containing trees over 800 years old.

Regular clearance cars can usually drive the 15 un-paved road miles to the trailhead from late spring thru fall. Most years though, the road surface is damaged by fall and winter storms, requiring higher clearance vehicles thru the winter season and until the Forest Service repairs the damage in the spring. Mountain bikes offer a good alternative when the road is snow free. There are also several trails of varying lengths. The road is blocked by a locked gate about 4 and a half miles from Goldmyer. Mountain bikes can continue on the trail/road to the Goldmyer Property. There is a parking area at the Dingford Creek trail head, which may require a Forest Service trailhead use pass. Look at the Forest Service website to see the latest status. There is now a bridge at the former site of the river ford, so it is much easier to get across the river. There is no longer a need to ford the river or worry greatly about the river depth at the Goldmyer property. The closest weather forecast is the National Weather Service forecast for the West Slopes Central Cascades and Passes. Goldmyer is located off the Middle Fork Road out of North Bend. Contact the office (206)[masked] for more detailed directions, latest water and road conditions and reservations.

In order to preserve the wilderness experience and fragile ecology of the area, use of the area is limited to 20 persons per day on the property. This is a total of 20 people per day, not 20 people at any one time. No group of over 12 people is permitted, as a large group at the springs at one time would be too crowded. Use of glass, soap, tobacco, alcohol, firearms and unruly behavior is prohibited or strictly limited on the property. The entry fee is $12/adult per day.

Driving(40miles) + Hiking(4.5miles) = 3.5 to 4 hours

I have a reservation for 5 people only

fRaNkLiN (206)[masked]


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