Monte Cristo Trail

MODERATE 38 reviews
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Monte Cristo Trail is a 8.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Granite Falls, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

8.1 miles 628 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bridge out

muddy

washed out

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

What a wonderful hike, the trail is so easy to follow now, very well marked. The log crossing was easy as well, and there are a few spots where you can cross to the other side without having to cross the log, and not get your feet wet. My friends and I were out there very early and had the whole trail to ourselves. The trail is very nicely maintained, there is only one small section on the other side of the river and back on the main trail where it's a short stretch of rocks. The leaves are starting to turn. It was nice to see some of the old buildings still standing. Great place for camping too. No bugs, No bees.

3 months ago

this is a fantastic day hike there are lots of bugs so be sure and bring some repellent

hiking
4 months ago

This was a fun trip with friends. We went beyond the town and the gps registered 11.2 miles. Minimal gain and really easy to follow. Great lunch time spent in hammocks above a bubbling stream. Zero bugs.

backpacking
4 months ago

We hiked through Monte Cristo on our way to Glacier Basin for an overnight camping trip. The walk to Monte Cristo is very standard and great for someone looking for a more relaxed trek. Mostly you are walking along a gravel road with occasional spots of rockiness. The town itself is pretty cool with beautiful views of mountains, the old Sauk river, and abandoned buildings. You can really smell hold old these buildings are! Pretty cool stuff.

hiking
4 months ago

hiked with 9yo and gf took 4 1/2 hrs lots of rocks after log and bugs bugs and more bugs

4 months ago

We went later in the afternoon so traffic on the trail was light. Trees offered some needed shade. Beautiful views. The river was cold without being bracing. I didn't look at pictures on this sight, so I was surprised by the fun place at the end. There was two detours around a clay slide out area and a washed out bridge; that offered a log for passing.

4 months ago

Fun hike. A few obstacles. Clay slide so trail was made to go around. Have to cross river on a short log due to washed out bridge. At one point lots of river rock to walk over. I'm a beginner so it was a bit long, but great history when you get to the old cabins. Keep walking to last cabin. with picket fence...has a great bench by river to relax and eat lunch!!

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome out and back hike. At the top you'll be greeted by amazing mountain views and an old abandoned ghost town. Take time to explore the ruins. Then head on up to silver lake.

camping
5 months ago

birding
11 months ago

Such a beautiful trail - interesting mining town.

hiking
1 year ago

Nice easy stroll along the old dirt road. One river crossing on a large log over the river to deal with but not difficult at all. Views of Foggy Peak ridge to the north from Monte Cristo and a few other peaks to see along the trail. Not much left of the town to see but still a pleasant destination. Completely snow free this February.

2 years ago

This is hardly what I'd even qualify as a hike and there's not much to it and the trail is almost completely flat. They should really just open this up for motorized access. Anyway, if you've got very novice hikers this is fine, but I can think of 50 other trails that would be more rewarding. Monte Cristo itself is nothing exciting. Just old buildings and some rusted junk laying around.

hiking
2 years ago

Great views. Good beginning trail to start on very defined and history lesson of American history. I plan to go afain and see the glacier falls. Very pleasant day hike. I would recomend it to any of my best friends. .

2 years ago

Did this trail because goat lake was too crowded. It was a pretty easy trail, not a lot of rocks to trip on, and was very wide. The only thing I would like to add is that you shouldn't drink the water near the town as apparently there is are high levels of arsenic due to the mining that took place awhile back. We accidentally drank about a liter each (4 of us) and ended up being fine. There are signs that mention hazard cleanup, but don't specifically mention where/what the hazard is.

Right before the town there is a campsite with a bunch of places for tents.

hiking
2 years ago

This was a nice easy hike. Beautiful views and lots of places to stop and enjoy the scenery.

hiking
2 years ago

We completed this trail yesterday, and though we were slow moving (our little pembroke corgi is kind of putsy) we still had an amazing time. The views are just stunning the further you get into the valley. The snow was still melting high up in the mountains and you could see cascades a few times on the trails, way high up. Just beautiful! There isn't a whole lot left of the ghost town, but still fun to walk around. We wanted to hike up to Glacier Falls but couldn't figure out which way it was. That just means we have to make another trip back! Can't wait.. it was gorgeous..

hiking
2 years ago

I love this hike! It is my absolute favorite. Its super flat and easy, with a nice big path and easy to follow signage. It is a bit long, but seeing the old townstead out at the end is totally worth it. As of right now there is still about two-three feet of snow on the trail in places and probably four feet of snow at the town site, but still doable.

hiking
2 years ago

A very unique trail leading to a beautiful deserted mining town of Monte Cristo with some amazing views along the way.

hiking
3 years ago

This was an awesome hike to take the kids with us making it a family adventure!! When I was a grade schooler (30 or so years ago), and when I was a camp counselor at camp Silverton, the trail/road was in great shape and people even stayed in the cabins at the ghost town. Now the bridges are washed away and the trail includes walking across the river on a log. It's still very beautiful and peaceful!! Just beware of thieves where you park at the trail head. It's too bad you have to worry about your car being broken into but they have signs everywhere warning you of breakins. Our car was just fine when we got back. Read up on the history of the mining before you take kids up there so you can explain the living conditions of the people up there at the turn of the century. We had a great time and the rain held back right up till we got in the car...then it poured. Have fun!!