The first part of the hike follows a fire road that takes you to a parking area that is closed in the winter.
From here, the loop around the pond is about a mile. Probably not a good idea to hike across the pond!
It might be a little tricky to cross some of the snow-covered foot bridges. However, snowshoeing with a couple of ski poles helps a lot.
There’s not much wildlife to see during the winter, except for a hungry Gray Jay or two.
From Seattle take Interstate 90 east and exit at Exit 54 (Hyak-Gold Creek). Go left under the freeway and turn right onto the Gold Creek frontage road (Forest Service Road 4832) and drive about a mile until you’re near the gate. You’ll need a Sno-Park pass to park in designated Sno-Park areas. For more info, see Washington State Sno-Park Permits.