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Gold Creek Pond Trail [CLOSED] is a 2.3 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: 2.3 miles Elevation Gain: 104 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

partially paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

NOTE: It has been reported this trail has temporary closures due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. 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.

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 day 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 day 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.

3 days 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.

hiking
closed
8 days ago

Still closed

Garbage everywhere. A lot of dog poop bags strewn around. This is a disgrace and people need to pack out their garbage and dog poop bags. Nature is not your trash receptacle. Snow on a bit of the trail. I don’t think snowshoes would be necessary, but would definitely recommend hiking shoes if you intend to do the full loop. Beautiful lake, very rewarding for such an easy hike.

hiking
icy
snow
1 month ago

Lots of snow but very beautiful! Definitely worth the short hike. Can make do without spikes or snowshoes, but they wouldn’t hurt either. My mountain dog loved digging in the snow by the picnic tables! Will come back in the summer for sure.

walking
closed
icy
off trail
snow
1 month ago

Very easy and beautiful trail. The weather was perfect, no snow shoes needed or microspikes. Snow is slowly melting but still enjoyable. On the further side of the lake you can relax on the dry area.

hiking
icy
1 month ago

Great trail to walk during these times of isolation. My wife and I passed one other person so it was truly all ours. Get outside and walk a little.

1 month ago

is closed

hiking
snow
2 months ago

It was a beautiful day and the trail is very easy to navigate. However, there were about 50 other cars there and many off leash dogs. The lake was beautiful, but almost not worth how many bags of dog poop and trash were left all over the beginning of the trail!

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Really enjoyed this hike with all the snow! Flat, easy hike for all ages. But please pickup after yourself!!

hiking
icy
snow
2 months ago

First and foremost, I'd like to say how disappointed I am with how much trash there is at the entrance, and near the pond. Please remember to pack in what you pack out. There is no trash cans here as they've been snowed over. Bring your trash out to your car with you. PLEASE. I've been here countless times in all kinds of weather. Currently the gravel road that you can take to get to the pond is snowed over with about 4 feet of snow covering it, but you can still park before that area and then walk the rest of the way. Only about 10 minutes or less of walking til you get to the actual pond. The snow is pretty packed so you will do fine without snowshoes, in regular sneakers. I bring my dog here all the time and he loves it! He's older so he can't do serious hikes any more, but this is all completely flat so it's the perfect place to bring an older dog that loves to adventure, but simply can't do the really fun stuff anymore.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Went here yesterday to take senior photos and it was amazing. The paved road leading up to the actual trail loop was closed, due to snow, so we parked off the side of the road and walked about a mile to the actual pond. There was snow on the road and trail, but it was packed and I was just fine in sneakers. The pond was frozen, yet the view was still spectacular. I would definitely come here again in the summer to see the pond unfrozen + take more pictures!

hiking
snow
2 months ago

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Rating for small kids, older folks, or just a social occasion. Always good. Simple and easy but beautiful. No need for snowshoes, but at least crampons. Fun to take picture of the few foot bridges of high snow and compare them to your summer ones.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Great easy-going trail. The views near Creek Pond are incredible.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

snowshoeing
snow
3 months ago

First time snow shoeing. Did the REI adventures moonlight snow shoe trip and snow shoed around the lake. Was a fun experience. Highly recommend

hiking
3 months ago

Perfect conditions on Sunday feb 9 for a walk on this trail. Snow was so packed down that snow shoes were not needed. Must stay on the trail though to avoid your foot going through. Beautiful sun and not overly crowded.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Specifics: Restroom situation: Porta Potties at roadside trail head. Restroom at summer parking lot closed for the season. Parking: Parking good on a Monday at 10:30am. Other hikers: Pretty popular, but not too crowded. Photography: Excellent landscape panoramas but watch for too harsh of light during peak sunlight hours. Go during golden hour for best shots. Experience: First time snowshoeing here. Flat terrain, packed snow, heavy use, beautiful locale. We took off snow shoes about 2/3rds the way done because it was easier to walk in our hiking boots so no real need for snowshoes at all (many people just walking without them). Lots of dogs which were fun to watch. The pond is gorgeous. Of course we went on the first sunny day in months of rain so it helped remind us how blue the sky really is when snow capped mountains are next to it. Easy and fun trek.

hiking
snow
3 months ago

The trail was pretty crowded with people, and the walk from the car to the trailhead was over 3 miles because of how crowded it was. Did this hike to practice snowshoeing for the first time, but to be honest I should have chosen a much harder hike as the snow on this one was all completely packed down and I wouldn't have even needed MICROspikes.

snowshoeing
snow
3 months ago

hiking
snow
3 months ago

snow
3 months ago

Hiked this on 02/02 and it was great weather. I'm used to trails with a decent amount of elevation gain so this hike was like a walk in the park. We used snowshoes and we're glad we did because there is a lot of snow. We saw plenty of people walking about near the lake without though. It was nice to see that no one messed with the snow on the actual lake, kept it a perfect blanket of snow. The road to the actual trail head is closed due to so much snow but the hike up that road is not bad

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