Hike 7: Gold Creek Pond
We went to Gold Creek Pond shortly after Christmas, so when I asked the kiddo what terrain to hike next, this was requested. It’s a very short, flat, and easy trip in a beautiful setting. There’s lots of room for snow play. It’s definitely worth the trip and a really good trail for kiddos learning to snowshoes or just traveling in the snow. This trail is often very packed, so I strongly advise going on a non-holiday week day before 10 a.m. We packed a cheap sled to play on and it was a real winner, even when he fell out.
The parking lot and road to access it is closed during winter so the only available parking is on the street. You must have a sno-park pass and they will ticket you if you don't have one. Both times we’ve been to this location there were people out ticketing vehicles without passes. You’ll have to hike in to the actual trailhead. Just head up the trail and take the first left, you can’t miss it.
You’ll see the buildings when you get to the parking lot. This trail is a loop so you can go either direction, we approached from the right and I think either route boasts gorgeous views. There are small streams all around and you’ll approach the pond after a few.
The winter landscape is quiet and ethereal. If you’re lucky enough to have the place to yourself (go early) it’s so magical.
For this hike, I chose to donate to the Gold Creek Pond Restoration Project a project of the Kittitas Conservation Trust. The project was created with the partnership of the Yakama Nation. If you would also like to donate to the restoration of this beautiful area, you can do so here:
History of the Wenatchi People: https://www.cct-hsy.com/wenatchi-indians/
History of Colveille Tribes, including Wenatchi: https://colvilletribes.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=ac4721130e424df786eb06dbbb4a5880
Land history of the Yakama Nation (page 13): https://www.co.kittitas.wa.us/uploads/cds/land-use/Long%20Plats/LP-77-00009%20Starwater/DOT%202011%20Gold%20Creek%20History%20Restoration.pdf