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Gold Creek Trail to Joe Lake [CLOSED]

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Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest

Gold Creek Trail to Joe Lake is a 13 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Snoqualmie Pass, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and backpacking and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 13.0 miles Elevation Gain: 2,516 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options.

Beautiful easy hike but a lot of people not wearing masks. Parents with kids putting their life in danger and walking close to each other. Would be a great place to return in a post idiotic eta.

hiking
22 days ago

Bailed at the river crossing where you have to get wet.

Mon Sep 03 2018

from the gold Creek trail head it's about 16 miles round trip and is pretty easy up until the Alaska lake/Joe lake junction. after that you have better taken your adventure pills. the trail is not maintained and goes through shoulder high brush for about a mile or two until you get near the waterfall. after that it starts going up, and up and up. the trail is so verticle in some places that ropes are needed or at the very least extreme caution and two free hands to scramble up. that being said, Joe lake is entirely worth the effort.

Wed Aug 02 2017

This is a good family hike. Well marked and there were volunteers out clearing the trail. Best to wear hiking boots. Lots of mosquitos and horse flys so bring bug spray.

Thu Sep 22 2016

Easy going for six miles .... After that, u are on ur own.. Non- maintained to both lakes. If going to joe lake , bring a machete and survey tape... Be prepared to get wet… Several river and creek crossings ( with the worst footing ever)! If by some miracle you do not get wet crossing the rivers, the west Side of the valley has a tendency to stay very wet due to the lack of sunlight…if your heart is really set on seeing Alaska lake or Joe lake, I would suggest taking the PCT route through Kindle katwalk. Forget 13 miles (at least16)! Forget easy to moderate! (Don't bring ur inexperienced visitors from out of state )! If u plan to do this u better take your adventure pills. Highly recommend for those looking for solitude and exploration. Fresh water is abundant for most of the hike. Even during the dry season. Enjoy and be safe. Remember, this is not the easy gold creek loop that I'm talking about. Don't bring the kids! Not family hike .... u have been warned .

hiking
Mon Aug 01 2016

7/31/2016 (Sunday) -- Gold Creek Pond is a beautiful park with paved path around, a good picnic area with more than a dozen of tables on a well maintain lawn. The parking lot is big, with restroom. Yet, one may see the pond from the western and northern sides of the loop, but not from the eastern side. The valley trail is very long, so we only took the first 2 miles to the creek's side for lunch. The first 1 mile is a boring private gravel road. The second mile is the real trail with signs of recent maintenance. The traffic is very light in the morning. So we enjoyed the quietness and solitude.

backpacking
Wed Jun 15 2016

Great trail and great trip. Stayed one night. Most of the trail was easy going, crossing the river along the way. I saw more varieties of mushrooms along this trail than any other I have been on. Eventually lost count. Leaving the main trail and heading up (literally) to the lake is where the fun begins. Heading through rocks along a mostly invisible trail, suddenly you find yourself at the shore of beautiful Alaska lake. Peaceful and quiet. Will definitely return again.

Thu Jan 14 2016

First time snowshoe experience! Lovely trail and good for snowshoe beginners.

snowshoeing
Fri Jan 01 2016

Beautiful weather and conditions for an easy snowshoe!! Lots of traffic but also lots of opportunities to get off on own. Did about 3.5 miles but could have stayed out a lot longer if not for time constraints. Will definitely do again!

hiking
Fri May 22 2015

hiked there with my dog up to joe lake. beautiful hike. Joe lake is stunning. few things - very steep at the end, got lost few times on way there and back as well. slipped few times in running shoes. but stunning and worth it.

Mon Mar 17 2014

Only completed half the trail on show shoes. Weather didn't cooperate. Rain instead of snow. Couldn't see more than 100 yards due to low clouds.

hiking
Sun Jul 08 2012

Hike to the lake, nice scenic grassy area, picnic tables. Hike up trail to the left turn to Alaska Lake, then becomes very steep and rugged. Scramble up rocks, route not well marked.

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Sun Aug 21 2011

Me and three of my buddies hiked here and stayed over night on august 20 and 21 of 2011. This was our first over night hike. It was very scenic. Plenty of water views on the way up. The hike is pretty easy until you get to about the last mile. Then it is about 1200 up. The hike up is well worth it.. The lake is awesome. Lots of down fall but lake was warm enough to swim in.. There some trout in the lake. It took us about 3 1/2 hours to get up and 2 hrs 15 mins down... All in all was great fun and would do it again

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Thu Jul 04 2019

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Sat Jun 22 2019

recorded snowshoe

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Sat Jan 20 2018

recorded Gold

Sun May 28 2017

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