The Gold Bar boulders are an amazing place but access there has been problematic. Years ago, the road was open to all. For a period of time WCC members had special access. The gate is now closed. As part of an ongoing effort to maintain good relationships and climbing access, over 75 volunteers showed up to a stewardship event on April 16, 2016.
Former timber company land is now managed by Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The Gold Bar Boulders largely stand on DNR trust land, which they are required by law to manage for timber harvest in support of public schools. As part of their timber management the road is going to be decommissioned but there may be an opportunity to build a new and shorter trail. 75 climbers showed DNR that “we care” on April 16, 2016, and smaller but able bodied parties worked there three weekends in July 2017. DNR left shade trees at key boulders during a recent thinning project.