7-Day Forecast for Scenic Hot Springs Area (2,900 ft near beginning of Trail Head)

Friday, February 29, 2008

Goldmyer Hot Springs Update

From: Beth
Unfortunately, Goldmyer is still closed. The snow has settled down to about 4 feet deep at Goldmyer now, which allowed the cartetakers to evaluate the fallen tree root area on the hillside above the hotsprings. What they discovered isn't good. When the tree went over it loosened a lot of dirt and rock, which is poised above the hotsprings. Obviously this material will have to be removed before we can open Goldmyer again.
Despite the warming temperatures in the lower elevations around the Seattle area, it's still very much winter time in the mountains and at Goldmyer with deep snow conditions. Additionally, there is still about 1-1/2 to 2 feet of snow in the 'lower valley snow zone', which stops all vehicles about 15 miles below Goldmyer. This distance makes it impossible to send a work crew up to secure the hillside area. Our only option is to wait until conditions improve.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Scenic Hot Springs on Feb 25th, 2008

Snow is deep; snowshoes a must. Pool and sources are running hot (110-115F in the pools).

The clearcut. Great snowshoeing!!!

Some slide activity above the BPA Road

Hard to tell from a distance but that is twenty feet
of fractured snow there

Rock Alley . . . completely filled in with snow
Stay left here!

The best approach is from above the old latrine area
as the top route is too sheer and dangerous

A large block of snow ready to fall down to the pool area

The reward for hiking up. Good flow, 105F in the cooler pool, 110-115 in the back one.
Both pool could use a good scrubbing and siphoning but it seems the hose is buried beneath a lot of snow.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Goldmyer HS Snow Conditions

Goldmyer Hot Springs Cabin
Feb 1st, 2008
Photo by the Caretakers
View more pictures here

From a message posted by BAS in the Goldmyer MSN Group:

Our group of 4 made it to the springs over the Feb. 2-3 weekend but not without an extreme test of endurance. We were able to drive a custom lift, 4-wheel drive jeep into the snow zone and within 13 miles of the cabin before having to pull over. We then skied the remainder of the distance through very deep snow. It took 7.5 hours to ski to the river crossing and 6 hours to get back to the car. This trip was epic and more a test of physical endurance than one of "soaking in the springs". The 4 of us were all experienced skiers with extensive wilderness-backcountry travel experience and in extremely good condition. We each carried enough gear, food and first aid for a multi-day winter trip into the wilderness. Unless you can ski 12 miles with 60+ lbs. of gear on your back, I do not recommend attempting a trip to the springs at this time. There is also enough new (large) windfall across both the lower and upper roads to make driving impossible. To drive there, plan on several days of cutting and clearing just to get to the locked gate.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Avalanche Control

Snoqualmie Pass (I90) but the same thing is happening at Stevens Pass (US2) with as much frequency.