Winter’s Gold

Equipment Info
3906891/1000000 sec. / ISO 100
Nearest Area
Snoqualmie Pass
North Bend
Brief Directions

Drive Interstate 90 east to Exit 54, 2 miles east of the Snoqualmie summit.  Exit I-90, turn north, crossing under the freeway.  A few hundred feet north of the highway interchange, turn right onto a narrow paved road (FR 4832) and drive east parallel to the freeway for 1 mile.  This section of the road in the winter will have compact snow and ice but can usually be driven with just about any vehicle, but I have seen cars and trucks get stranded in this section.  All or 4 wheel drive vehicles, and front wheel drive vehicles will have no problem.  Later in the Winter the road to the trailhead will be closed at this point and you will need a Sno Park Permit to park along the side of the road.  Before the deep snow falls you can now turn left on Gold Creek Road 142 (all wheel drive advised) and go another .3 miles to the Gold Creek Pond Parking Lot where a US Forest Pass is required for parking.


Beautiful winter golden light at sunset warming a bitter cold day at Gold Creek Pond, close to Washington's Snoqualmie Pass. This made a great closure to my all day snowshoe trip in this area. Operating the camera was quite a challenge in the freezing cold temperatures made worse by occasional gusts of wind across the pond, but well worth the effort. I took out my water bottle to stay hydrated and placed it on a snow covered log-less than 15 minutes later is was more ice than water! The hike up Gold Creek was awesome also. I just love this area!

The Gold Creek Basin, located about one hour from Seattle, is a premier location for snowshoeing, photography and fun with friends and family.  The snowshoe route includes multiple beautiful sites along the way including Gold Creek Pond, Creeks and Rivers, Heli’s Pond and Bridge,  and sweeping valley views.  All of this can be done in a round trip snowshoeing trip of less than six miles and an elevation gain of only about 500 feet.

Date Added
December 15, 2016
Date Taken
December 15, 2016