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Gold Creek Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.0 (11)

A trail that follows a rooty climb through a charming forest.


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Map Key

1.9

Miles

3.1

KM

Point to Point

1,495' 456 m

High

670' 204 m

Low

825' 252 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

A Discover Pass is required to park at the Gold Creek Trailhead.

This is a multi-use trail open to pedestrians, mountain bikers, equestrians, and dirt bikers in both directions. Sight lines are limited, so use caution.

Description

Don't be fooled by the wide, casual trail leading from the parking area to the bridge crossing. The trail on the other side is rooty and occasionally steep. Much of this lower portion has become an entrenched channel peppered with roots, rocks, and water bars. These obstacles will make you work, but there isn't anything unmanageable.

As you hike, the forest envelops the trail in beautiful foliage and tall trees. Plummer Trail and a number of unmarked paths will make appearances through this greenery, but the signage is easy to follow. Not too far past a randomly placed bench, the trail splits.

Keep right along the narrower, gravelly singletrack. The Gold Creek Trail soon reconnects back to itself and the remaining trail is well defined. Obstacles are minimal going forward, except for a small, craggy rock face before the clearcut. There's a small bench here if you want to take in the panorama, but the view is actually a little better just a few feet further down.

Not far from the edge of the trees is the intersection with the top of the Beaver Pond Trail. Keep right for a loose, gravelly climb back into the trees. The grade will steepen a bit, but nothing compared to what you've already completed. Gold Creek Trail soon ends at a triangular intersection with the Wildcat Trail and Vista Trail.

Contacts

Land Manager: WA DNR

Shared By:

Eric Ashley

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  4.0 from 11 votes

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Photos

The air up there is quite rare.
Feb 22, 2017 near Seabeck, WA
Gold Creek beneath the first bridge crossing.
Feb 22, 2017 near Seabeck, WA
Fresh air awaits amongst a canopy of trees surrounding the Gold Creek Trail. But be ready for a workout – this trail feels like a Stairmaster!
Feb 22, 2017 near Seabeck, WA
The Green Mountain Loop starts off strong as verdant, mossy forests usher you to a quaint bridge.
Feb 22, 2017 near Seabeck, WA
Panoramic views from the Gold Creek Trail, Green Mountain State Forest.
Nov 1, 2016 near Seabeck, WA
Gold Creek as seen from the bridge.
Nov 1, 2016 near Seabeck, WA

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Jul 27, 2020
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Jun 7, 2020
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May 25, 2020
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May 5, 2020
Jeffery Gascoyne
1.9mi — 0h 30m
Nov 4, 2019
Babylyn Aspuria
Nice short hike to a clearing with a panoramic view of the Olympics.
Aug 23, 2019
Darryl Parkinson
Apr 13, 2019
Meg B
Rain and grey abound, but still a good hike. 5.3mi — 2h 45m
Mar 9, 2019
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