Gold Panning Field Trip Information Page

Destination depends on weather conditions. If weather is acceptable, we will go to the Skykomish River near Gold Bar. If the weather is really bad, we'll head over the mountain to the Columbia River near Wenatchee. NOTE! We will be meeting at a different location than normal. We will meet at 9:00 AM at the Park & Ride lot located at the east end of the town of Sultan. A Discover Pass is needed for parking at our destination(s). Therefore, we will carpool from Sultan for those who have Discover Passes with your vehicle. Our first stop will be the "Prospectors Plus" store in Gold Bar, where those of you who do not have simple mining equipment can purchase gold pans and other desired gear. Otherwise, bring shovels, gloves, short rubber boots, lunch, a strong back and a weak mind. We will be walking across boulders that will be slippery when wet, so a hiking stick may be helpful. Children under 12 must be accompanied by attentive parents, as the river is cold and fast. There are outhouses and picnic tables near the parking area for the Skykomish River location.