We don’t always get snow in Seattle. But that’s okay, because the white stuff is just a short drive away. So, get out the door and check out this Snoqualmie Pass snowshoeing adventure at Gold Creek Pond.
My dad and I recently hit Gold Creek Pond (map) on our snowshoes, like we’ve done so many times before. It never gets old out there because the conditions are always different, and it’s typically exceptionally beautiful (especially after fresh snowfall).
Gold Creek Pond is a great starting point for Snoqualmie Pass snowshoeing rookies and/or kids. It’s a mostly flat mile-long loop trail. If the road is closed to the trailhead, the trek is a little longer because you need to park on the road and then snowshoe up.
Once you get some experience, there are plenty of other Snoqualmie Pass snowshoeing adventures, including Keechelus Lake, Franklin Falls, and more. Just be sure to check avalanche conditions before you head out, and pack extra food and layers. Conditions can quickly change at Snoqualmie Pass.
If you’d like to stretch your wings, there are several other amazing snowshoeing trails away from Snoqualmie Pass, like Mount Baker, Wenatchee Crest, Nisqually Vista at Mount Rainier, and even farther, Crater Lake in Oregon.
Whether you have experience or not, Gold Creek Pond is a fun Snoqualmie Pass snowshoeing adventure. Fair warning: because it’s so easy and beautiful, the trail often gets crowded. The earlier you can get there the better. Or, try to make it during the week.
Have you ever snowshoed at Gold Creek Pond? What is your favorite location for snowshoeing? We’d love to hear from you! Please leave a comment below or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. You can also check out Seattle Bloggers for more great places to explore in the Emerald City and beyond!