Snow Shoe Adventure! Gold Creek Basin-Snoqualmie Pass

Lower Gold Creek Basin-Snoqualmie Pass area is just two exits east of the Snoqualmie Summit area. The weather reports indicate mostly clear skies! I am looking forward to my first snowshoeing adventure in years!

*Please read ALL of the details of this adventure before signing up.*

 

*There are a limited number of spots, so if you change your mind
please change your RSVP.*

 

ITINERARY:

0800 Depart from the Eastgate Park and Ride. We meet in the WEST parking
lot, WEST of the structure! [If you look up and see an overpass over your head…you are in the wrong location…head to the WEST lot ;)]


0850 Arrive at Gold Bar Trail Head

Directions: To get there, from Seattle drive east on I-90 over
Snoqualmie Pass to exit 54, 2 miles east of the pass's summit. Exit I-90, turn
left, cross under the freeway, and just a few hundred feet north of the highway
interchange, turn right onto a narrow paved road and drive east parallel to the
freeway for 1 mile. Cars generally line both sides of this road, as 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 Lake to Keechelus Lake.


Estimated time of return to EGPR: before 1700. [This will greatly depend on the group pace & breaks].

HIKE DETAILS:

[Per the WTA website]:

Round Trip: 4.0 miles

Elevation Gain: 400 feet [which tells me this should be a relatively easy hike]

Highest Point: 3000 feet [which means we should get great views!]

 

REQUIREMENTS:


Suggestion: Bring a lunch and snacks. We will make a quick stop for
pictures and a snack lunch at the top. It is recommended you bring something
warm too.

The 10 essentials. Nutrition (food), hydration (water), insulation (rain gear/extra clothing, GLOVES!), emergency shelter (small emergency bivy), navigation (map & compass), first aid kit & repair kit (for you!), sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen), illumination (headlamp). There are always other items you should carry with you, but you will learn what you need.

More on clothing: I will turn folks away who are ill-equipped for this adventure. It is for your safety and the group. Please be sure to have the right clothing…bring extra
gloves and socks in a waterproofing sack. Please leave all cotton clothing at
home (this includes blue jeans). Be sure to have a warm hat. The ‘hot-hands’
warmers are great if you open them 30 minutes prior to the hike.

Snowshoes. I don’t have 30 pairs of snowshoes to lend out like some of my
fellow organizers might. You can rent snowshoes or borrow them. I don’t
recommend running out and buying snowshoes if you are not sure if this is your
sport.

Trekking poles with baskets. Again, don’t run out and buy the most expensive
pair, just borrow a pair. You will want

Pace

This adventure will likely be a little slower,
but I typically hike at 2.5 mph. If you are not in shape or are a beginner
hiker this may not be the trip for you. For group safety I try to keep everyone
at the same skill level.

Support

We will take plenty of breaks throughout the day. It is recommended you bring snacks and a lunch to enjoy on the trail. Because we will be sitting on snow for the breaks I recommend bringing something warm in a thermos, warm clothing to wear, and padding to sit on. During the hike we can cover any questions you have about equipment, navigation, first aid, regulations, other hikes, or anything else I can help you with.

Rain Policy
I hike, snowshoe, backpack rain, sleet, snow, shine…we live in Washington! Don’t let a little rain stop you from enjoying the outdoors. (besides, the weather this week should be clear and sunny!)

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a fun first snow shoe. Nice group and beautiful area. :-) Thanks Leah!

    January 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wonderful for my first time. Fun people too. Thanks Leah

    1 · January 1, 2013

  • Merv

    Great people and a beautiful day! A bit chilly.

    1 · January 1, 2013

  • Joy

    I had a great time! Thanks Leah :-)

    1 · January 1, 2013

  • Leah

    Joy, we are on our way!

    January 1, 2013

  • Leah

    I will see everyone first thing in the morning. Dont forget WEST partking lot...WEST of the structure...I don't want to leave anyone behind. I will be there 15 minutes early to make sure we leave on time! If you have questions feel free to e-mail me.

    December 31, 2012

    • Leah

      Look up...if you are under the overpass...you are on the wrong side of the parking structure!

      January 1, 2013

  • Chuck K

    Leah, I will be at Eastgate P&R, have a pass and can take 3 in my vehicle.

    1 · December 31, 2012

    • Leah

      Sounds like we will have plenty of passes. I have one too :)

      December 31, 2012

  • Merv

    Would love to catch a ride with someone from Eastgate P & R. Don't have a snopark pass. Will be happy to chip in. Thanks.

    December 31, 2012

    • Leah

      Ok. See you at pr!

      December 31, 2012

    • Merv

      Thanks Leah.

      December 31, 2012

  • Leah

    So, there is a small group carpooling from issaquah...which is fine...just need to know how many folks I need to look for at eastgate tomorrow morning!

    December 31, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Eastgate, unless I'm the.only one...

      December 31, 2012

    • Leah

      I will be there!

      December 31, 2012

  • Joy

    Maybe I missed it, but what kind of pass is required to park there?

    December 30, 2012

    • Leah

      Discover pass + snopark OR snopark "annual" pass. Only one combination or the one pass is needed. I will be purchasing the annual pass for my vehicle as I plan to host more snowshoe adventures!

      December 31, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I have a Discover Pass

      December 31, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is my first snowshoe but I have done a fair amount of hiking. I will meet you at the trailhead.

    December 31, 2012

    • Leah

      Gloria, I am in a similar boat as it has been 6 years since I've been snowshoeing!

      December 31, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    First time snow shoe-er but long time hiker. Is there room to carpool? If not I will go another time.

    December 31, 2012

    • Leah

      There will certainly be room...

      December 31, 2012

  • Joy

    I figure we'll be back by 2-3pm, based on 4 hours of snowshoeing and 2 hours of driving.

    December 31, 2012

    • Leah

      We shall see. Again, this will depend on group pace and how often we stop. I have to work the following day...so the rest would be nice.

      December 31, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Meeting everyone at the trailhead.

    December 31, 2012

  • Leah

    Folks, I found a shorter hike...only 4 miles, good for a starter snowshoe group. Goes to Twin Lakes. LMK what you all think. http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=SGW010-258

    December 30, 2012

    • Joy

      According to WTA it is 8 miles RT, so maybe the 4 miles is one way...?

      December 30, 2012

    • Chuck K

      It's 2 or so one way to twin lakes and another mile to lake Lillian. Derek is correct a lot of people miss the turn. I skied in there 2 years ago to the lakes.

      December 31, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Chuck. It depends on how much of a crowd we can tolerate. Seems like Gold Creek might be a popular trek on the first. Other thoughts?

      December 30, 2012

    • Leah

      Chuck, I was actually looking at this hike too. It might have a few more people for a first snowshoe trek, but I'm okay with this.

      December 30, 2012

  • Leah

    So, people are signing up...any suggestions on where you'd like to go? I'd like to stick to the I-90 cooridor...but I'm open to suggestions otherwise.

    December 29, 2012

  • Julian

    I'd really like to snowshoe on New Year's Day but I don't think 8am is feasible for me. Have a great time!

    December 29, 2012

    • Leah

      Seems like it's not an issue for others ;) see you next time.

      December 29, 2012

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