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