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Monte Cristo

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Highlights:

Easy hike to a ghost town nestled in between the mountains
Near:Granite Falls, WA
Scenery:
Distance:8.38 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:423 ft
Hike Time:4 hours
Difficulty:Easy
Trail Condition:Fire road/pavement
HikeType:Out and Back



Summary: To get to Monte Cristo is 4.19 miles along a fire road, you can either hike, bike or horseback it. Bare in mind that there is a massive gate blocking the road that some people have a key to, so you might encounter vehicles along the way. The road is not steep, with the exception of 2 short hills on the way in.
Trailhead: Take Mountain Loop Highway thru Granite Falls to Barlow Pass. You will pass two very distinct bridges the first one is blue and the second is red. Also you will know that you are at Barlow Pass becuz the paved road ends. There is a parking lot on the left hand side or you can park along the road. You will need a parking pass available at the Mt Baker Snoqualmie National Forest ranger station that you pass as you enter the forest. ($7 for the day or $30 for the year) (Lat:48.02582 Lon:-121.44371)
Trail Guides for Monte Cristo:
Best Seasons: Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Verlot Ranger Station, at 360-691-7791
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Tommy, Michele, Sam, & Oliver Koziol, who has posted  3 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
Trail Reviews  Page 1 of 7   Submit your own review
Reviewed by jeff on 9/7/2012
A couple of these reviews are not related to the Monte Criso hike. If you get to the gated road at Barlow Pass you are at the beginning. A lot of history ahead.

Reviewed by Bev on 7/16/2012
I hiked this trail yesterday (7-15-12) with my dog & loved it. It was peaceful. This was my first hike & I did not find it strenuous at all. Several spots on the trail I wondered how they expect that a horse could maneuver or bikes. I definitely wouldn't go to this trail with a horse & wouldn't bother with a bike because there are too many spots you would have to carry the bike. Most of the beginning of the trail is level or a minimal incline & there are a few inclines at the end, but I found them easy. Crossing the log was a bit intimidating only because I had my dog with me & I wasn't sure how she would do. She mistakenly jumped in the water there & scared us both. Fortunately I was able to get her out. Lesson learned! Great hike thoug

Reviewed by Jeremy on 5/14/2012
This is a great hike. A little steep at the beginning, it flattens out at the river, and you follow the raging river down past the former town of Robe. There is nothing left of the town to see at all, except for the old railroad bed. The hike is fairly easy until you get to the official end of the trail. At that point, there are a couple of rock slides that have blocked the trail. There is a sign at the first slide area that states the trail is closed beyond that point. You can go further, and many people do. A new trail has been worn through the slides, and you will encounter a couple tunnels cut in to the side of the cliffs. We took our dog, and saw plenty of families, and people with babies strapped to their backs too.

Reviewed by Jeremy on 5/14/2012
This is a great hike. A little steep at the beginning, it flattens out at the river, and you follow the raging river down past the former town of Robe. There is nothing left of the town to see at all, except for the old railroad bed. The hike is fairly easy until you get to the official end of the trail. At that point, there are a couple of rock slides that have blocked the trail. There is a sign at the first slide area that states the trail is closed beyond that point. You can go further, and many people do. A new trail has been worn through the slides, and you will encounter a couple tunnels cut in to the side of the cliffs. We took our dog, and saw plenty of families, and people with babies strapped to their backs too.

Reviewed by Annemarie on 10/17/2011
My husband and I (both well over 70) hiked to the townsite today. There are obstacles along the way (crossing the raging river on a large log, wash-outs and big gravel areas), so would not take small children. Would also be difficult to carry a bike over log.

Reviewed by bill on 9/14/2011
IM is not full of crap...being careful is more important than being cavalier...... http://www.wta.org/magazine/1207.pdf http://www.king5.com/news/local/Two-bodies-found-on-Mountain-Loop-Highway-125829198.html

Reviewed by erin on 8/23/2011
easy hike but would not recommend for young children.. must cross tree used for this purpous because bridge has been out for years... that to might make it difficult for bike.. most of trail is 4 people wide and easy grade.. first 2 miles extremly easy to no grade and the second slightly more difficult.. just saying 8 miles, my feet hurt but nothing else.. ghost town is very interesting. even has working train turntable. and no, no one has been found dead up there. what a crock of crap!

Reviewed by Carrie on 8/22/2011
We hike this trail yesterday abd it was wonderful! I suffered a back injury a few years ago and I had no trouble on the hike! The views and history were amazing! We did get confused locating the trailhead. Better directions would be that the trail head is located just before the dirt road begins right across thr road from the Barlow Pass trailhead sign and parking lot. As far as safety, we met only other nice hikers, young adults, families and lots of nice dogs. The best day I have had in a long time!


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