Melmont Ghost Town is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Carbonado, WA that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
This trail leads to the old town of Melmont. Round trip 2.0 miles. Best way to the trail is to climb down the Carbonado side of the Fairfax Bridge. Some foundations and an old dynamite shack can still be seen. Dogs are also allowed on this trail.
If you park at the lot after mile mark 13 you can get to the trail. If you go over the bridge you park on the south side and walk back over to trail head. The right side is the bridge trail is very slick but if you use the left side you have more footing with rocks and can hold on to the cross beams. Very nice trail not used a lot and you need to go all the way ruins are better at the end.
Not bad, pretty easy. Couldn't find much on the history of the town. Very muddy!
Thinking of doing this hike with my kids tomorrow, I'm concerned about previous comments about getting down to the trail! Any suggestions?!?
If there's an easier way down to the walking trail besides the steep incline just at the other side of the bridge from the triple parking spot I couldn't find it. I saw a couple with a baby and know there's no way they entered the trail the way I did. Anybody who has better instructions as to the safest trail head please enlighten because I'd like to bring some friends and maybe my parents and the way I got down isn't safe enough for them. lol. But once down I thought it was a lot of fun. Making it down to the river was satisfying after a lot of dead end side trails that ALMOST get you there only to leave you with a steep dropoff.
This is not really a "hike," it's along an old railroad grade. No views, long, fairly boring. The ghost town is just some old foundations. It's a nice shaded walk of that's what you're looking for.
Bring boots for the mud and gloves for the descent from the bridge deck. Once on the trail you're met with alot of patches of mud and deep ruts from dirt bike traffic. Horses also leave alot of evidence behind. The four mile trip took us two hours and had our six and eleven year old boys too tuckered out to complain about anything on the car ride home. Priceless. Thanks Melmont. We'll be back, and next time with more bottled water.
Amazing trail. The easiest way to get to the water is to take one of the side trails leading steeply to the right, follow it through a big grassy field, then down more onto the sandy banks.
It was a nice well traveled trail, muddy but doable. Get there early as there is only parking for 5 vehicles on the east side of the bridge. We had to turn around go back over the bridge and park in a little pull out 50 yards from the trail head. You need to hop over the railing and navigate a fairly steep decline. Once you are at the base of the bridge go left away from Carbonado.
It's was neat to see the buildings, but not much of a hike, more of a stroll
Fun little hike, been their a bunch of times looking around trying to find everything. Their's remnants of a 20' wall, the "dynamite shack" and old school house still standing. Supposed to be part of a bridge still standing but I've never seen it!
Legit. Even my dogs loved the bridge
Foothills Trail Extension. Wide and flat. A few mud spots, but nothing bad for early May. If you keep going past the "town", you eventually get to the Carbon River and some beautiful views of Mt. Rainier.
It was muddy but luckily reading all the comments we expected that. It was a great hike. Couldn't find the initial trail at first and went on a hike that should only be for experienced hikers only. I loved being outdoors and seeing the few foundations we did see.
The initial trail you can get to is easy. From Carbonato go until you see the bridge. The trail starts before you cross the bridge heading towards Mt Rainier. Climb the guard rail towards the rock side. Climb down a steep and rocky area next to the bridge until you see the nice wide trail.
For the experienced hiker, cross the bridge on the opposite side, climb the guard rail towards the rock side and follow it. Very tough, steep trail. I was climbing and crawling most of the way.
easy hike took 5 and 7 yo who did awsome
Muddy but fun
great family hike. maybe 1 hour each way. great river at the end for kids to play in