Friday, May 4, 2007

Goldmyer Hot Springs Conditions, May 4th, 2007

From Beth for Goldmyer Hot Springs

As of May 4, 2007: It's officially spring! That means snowmelt in the mountains, and changeable road and river conditions depending on temperature and rainfall. We seem to be having very typical May weather now.... a bit warmer and showers on and off. Snow melt has increased as a result. You may, or may not, decide to wade thru the river..... be willing and able to use the upper footbridge access if the river is too deep to reasonably cross. It is not humanly possible for us to tell you how deep the river will be this time of year.

High clearance vehicles can drive all the way to the river ford. The Goldmyer property is clear of snow. High clearance vehicles might still be stopped a bit shy of the upper footbridge trailhead by snow. Waterproof hiking boots with gators should be sufficient now, rather than snowshoes. Once you start down the actual trail and into the cover of the forest canopy the snow is just patchy, and you'll drop back down below the snowline very quickly.

The road has been recently grated for most of the distance (yea!). Footbridge construction (Forest Service project) is underway at the river ford. Park up top and walk down to the river please. Completion of the footbridge is expected sometime early summer. Once the footbridge is completed, the Forest Service will close the gate at the Dingford Creek Trailhead, approximately 4 miles before the river ford/new footbridge. Once the road is gated, visitors will need a Northwest Forest Trailhead Parking Pass to park at the (new) trailhead. Consider mountain biking on up the road-trail beyond the new trailhead!

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