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Gold Creek Pond Loop is a 1.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Snoqualmie Pass, Washington that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.2 miles Elevation Gain: 45 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

stroller friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

partially paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Please note: parking lot closes in the winter, adding about five minutes to this route. During the winter the Forest Service road to the trailhead is closed, and visitors must park along the main road. The added distance is reflected on the map on this page. During the summer visitors can park very close to the pond. This pond may be filled in as part of a restoration project to restore the Bull Trout to Gold Creek.

hiking
4 hours ago

Flat, paved and easy little loop but fun outing on the way to another hike my siblings and I were doing in Cle Elum. The water is super clear and the no one else was on the path which was nice. We did go at 4pm on a Tuesday.

walking
great!
22 hours ago

Extremely beautiful trail that is very easy to walk. It is paved and has bridges along with great spots to stop and get to the edge of the lake for a gorgeous view. Would highly recommend for beginning hikers and trail walkers.

hiking
2 days ago

Great for an easy stroll with beautiful nature surrounding you! Loved seeing the beaver dams and interesting birds and flowers along the way. Almost felt like the alps. Will be bringing my handicapped dad back to enjoy the view for lunch at one of the picnic tables. Watch out for major potholes on the 5 minute drive in!

Beautiful! Very easy stroll alongside water & mountains. Lots of families and little kids playing in the creek. The trail is paved most of the way, except for a bridge or two (some had holes in the bridge which might make it difficult for seamless handicap access). All around great day activity.

hiking
fee
3 days ago

walking
great!
4 days ago

The view was fantastic, good for kids(5 years old boy). 50% were wearing masks(thank you!). If you have sedan like me, be careful the tons of potholes on the way in..

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful view and a good walk.

hiking
bugs
5 days ago

Short, simple, and sublime. Great for a day picnic but be sure to bring insect repellant because the mosquitos were relentless.

hiking
9 days ago

Incredible views

hiking
10 days ago

This was a very fun easy trail for my family. My 4 and 7 year old really enjoyed. Carried my 1 year old in a hiking carrier. Beautiful pond. Will definitely come again next summer. Just FYI the road to the parking lot has tons of potholes. Also the some parts of the wood on the bridges are broken but can be easily step over.

hiking
fee
11 days ago

Tons of potholes on the way in, so make sure you have a car that can make it (our 2018 Tiguan did fantastic)! Beautiful walk, definitely not a hike. Few parts of the bridges have holes but nothing you can’t step over. Forest Rangers we’re out making sure everyone paid their $5 fee or had a NW Forest Pass.

walking
bugs
11 days ago

not a hike but a nature walk. beautiful mountain views, the drive there was also amazing! before you actually go to the trail, the road LEADING to the parking lot has sooooo many holes so be careful driving if you have a small car. I have a Elantra so I drove slow on it.

hiking
12 days ago

Easy beautiful hike

hiking
17 days ago

Super beautiful area and trail, just lots of people. Went around 4 and it was pretty packed. The only downside is someone was blaring music at the lake picnic area, but there were plenty of other spots around the lake you couldn’t hear the music.

walking
bugs
18 days ago

One of my favorites! It’s beautiful - great for kids, lots of places to explore. The trail is wide enough to set distance with others , and a large picnic area to enjoy the view. Went on Saturday late morning and it wasn’t too busy yet, but I expect on a super sunny day it would be very busy . The restroom was open to use .

19 days ago

Visited this beautiful place on a weekday late in afternoon and there were hardly any other people around. It is incredibly beautiful! Lots of picnic tables and an easy paved walkway around the lake. Be sure to watch your step on the bridges and planked areas as the wood has rotted out in some areas and hasn't been fixed.

hiking
20 days ago

The entire loop is paved. Pleasant, short, and easy walk with a gorgeous lake view. Lots of picnic tables to sit, eat, and enjoy the view.

hiking
22 days ago

There is much nicer in the area.

hiking
24 days ago

Beautiful paved trail suitable for beginners. Arrived around 12:30 on an overcast Sunday, and the parking lot was 75% full. Pay station is open, so bring your NWF pass or cash. No one was wearing masks today, but the trail is wide, and it's pretty easy to keep distance. There are some planks on wooden bridges and walkways that appear to have rotted out holes over the winter, so watch your step.

hiking
bugs
muddy
25 days ago

hiking
27 days ago

A little buggy, but absolute gorgeous on a clear calm day. Trail is paved and there are picnic tables on one side of the lake. Great for kids.

hiking
27 days ago

The views were beautiful but I wasn’t aware that you aren’t able to swim in the water.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is really a one mile loop. Should be labeled Gold Creek Pond Loop. It’s beautiful and stroller friendly. The other part of the distance is just a road, unless I missed something.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail is open!! Parking lot is open!! Bathrooms are closed- no porta potties, no trash cans. Mosquitoes are out for blood!!

hiking
1 month ago

Is this trail open for hiking? I’m a bit confused to see reviews posted a week ago but the page says it’s closed. I was interested in going tomorrow but wanted to double check.

Comment from AllTrails

- 1 month ago

Hello, the park website posted an emergency closure for Manhunt. https://www.fs.usda.gov/okawen/ Check out their website. It's also marked as closed on google. Please call the park for more update information. Thank you.

Very Short hike to a nice view. Quite a few people out today. Bring your lunch and snacks and sit out and enjoy the nice view

hiking
1 month ago

Am here for the 2nd time and love it! It’s nice and warm out and lots of people but not crowded, just the parking lot. The bathroom however is not open. Hope you enjoy this Memorial Day weekend. Stay safe.

hiking
1 month ago

Great Trail around the lake. If you would like to go to a super easy trail with a beautiful view that’s the place. Make sure go early less crowded. Lake very near to parking lot and they have some cool space with tables to spent a nice and warm day.

1 month ago

Went on 5/16 and there was garbage EVERYWHERE. picked up what I could with dog poop bags. absolutely ridiculous... PACK IT OUT PEOPLE. this is beautiful park dont ruin it.

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