Have you ever seen photos of a place that immediately flood you with an “I-need-to-go-to-there” feeling?
I stumbled across the Goldmyer Hot Springs through a Facebook group way, way back at the beginning of June, and knew I had to check it out. Since they only allow twenty people on the property each day, I couldn’t grab a reservation for a larger group until September. It was absolutely worth the wait (and I’ve already made a note on my calendar to look for tickets for next year in the spring!)
I’m convinced the Pacific Northwest has the best waterfalls. This gorgeous one is waiting to greet you less than a mile from the trailhead. From there, the trail turns into forest, with the trees occasionally breaking for a glimpse of the nearby Snoqualmie River.
The caretaker’s cabin is about a quarter of a mile away from the springs. No internet, no cell service, just a satellite phone and two day-trips out to civilization every month. I asked her what the top criteria for the job was, wondering if the owners were looking for a special kind of mental stability, and she said that the number one thing they were looking for was a willingness to live in the woods for months at a time. There was something appealing about how secluded it was, though.
And the springs themselves?
The hot water trickles out from a hole in the upper cave on the left, then cascades down through the small pool at the top of the landing, to the larger one at the bottom, and finally, feeds out into the river nearby.
Everything was a little wet and slippery from the rain. September isn’t one of the more popular times of year to come; we had the springs all to ourselves for two hours after another group left.
Tip: soak your husband minimum 2 hours in warm water to guarantee a good mood for the rest of the weekend.
We bounced around from the hottest pool at the top to the coolest one at the bottom, which had plenty of room for six people to stretch out comfortably.
My muscles were wonderfully loose after two hours of hot springs soaking and my legs weren’t keen on moving. I dipped my feet in the littlest pool one last time before drying off and heading out.
If you’re coming from Seattle, plan on taking the entire day to get out and back. And definitely bring a high-clearance vehicle like the website recommends: the last 5 miles or so of road are not just full of potholes, but huge dips and rock-filled gullies that a smaller car could definitely get stuck on.
Goldmyer Hot Springs, Washington State
Website with reservation instructions