While winters might be a time to hibernate by the fireplace for most, the Evergreen State loves its outdoors and will take its hot cocoa there. And this Washington snow hike will only make it worth your while. It'll take you to a frozen lake that's serious winter vibes. 

The Gold Creek Pond Trail is located in the Snoqualmie Pass area and is usually a 1-mile round trip.

During the chilly season, the trailhead is closed. You'll have to park along the main road and make a 2.3-mile roundtrip detour to get stunning views of the Gold Creek Valley and looming Chikamin Peak in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. 

With a $20 per day Sno-Parks Permit entry, you and your friends can have a frosty adventure. We recommend setting out on a weekday or early in the morning to avoid crowds that gather here because of its easy access.

While this trail is popular to see salmon spawning in the fall or for a relaxing picnic in the summer, cold temperatures bring lots of snow, making it a haven for winter enthusiasts. 

The hike will lead you through a pretty creek and over a bridge to plenty of snow-dusted fir trees surrounding the picturesque lake.

The frozen lagoon at the end of the trail is the literal 'icing' on top.

Since it's a flat surface with only a 10-foot elevation gain, this spot is great for first-time snowshoers! You can bring along microspikes for added stability too. 

There's also a path around the pretty pond where you can walk hand-in-hand with your boo.

Just make sure you don't step into the lake as the ice can give way beneath you. If you need extra cuddles, dogs are also allowed here. 

If your dog loves the snow, we've got a list of all the places in Washington you can take your pooch on your next winter hike.

Who knows? It might be your chilliest adventure yet! 

Gold Creek Pond Trail

Difficulty: Easy

Length: Approx. 2.3-miles roundtrip

Address: Gold Creek Pond Trail, Snoqualmie Pass, WA

Why you should go: This easy hike in the snow will lead you to a frozen lake with a stunning view of some of Washington's popular snow-capped mountains.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment, and pick up after your pets.


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