Middle Fork Snoqualmie to Goldmyer

Quick update on the Middle Fork Snoqualmie trail… Mostly snow-free, even after the low elevation snowfall yesterday (Dec 5). Towards the end of the trail (near Goldmyer) there were 3-4 inches of snow on the trail, but you definitely didn’t need snowshoes. Also, I was able to keep my feet dry on all the stream crossings – and I don’t have long legs. It’s winter, so there are some mudpits and a few places where a stream has overtaken the trail, but everything is passable.
One word of warning: there are a couple of log bridges (including the logs over Burnt Boot Creek) that are covered in snow. I imagine those could get pretty slick if/when the snow turns to ice.
Also worth noting that the Middle Fork road is now basically all paved, and it only took me 1 hr 10 min (!) to get to the Middle Fork trailhead from north of Seattle. 
Middle Fork trailhead to Goldmyer Hot Springs and back is ~22.5 miles and ~2600 ft of elev gain. If you got into Hardrock, this route probably isn’t your best bet for training. 🙂 But if you’ve been wallowing around in all the fresh snow and now you want to do some actual running, this would be a great choice!
And of course, there’s the hot springs as your reward at the turnaround point. I didn’t go to Goldmyer because I had my pup with me and dogs aren’t allowed. However, I imagine that a soak in the hot springs would be a really nice mid-trail break on a cold wet winter day. 

2 Replies to “Middle Fork Snoqualmie to Goldmyer”

  1. Middle Fork is my favorite when you just want to get in some runnable trail miles! Good to know that it’s fully paved – it hasn’t been the last time I was there.

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