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on Monte Cristo Trail

14 days ago

Great stroll even in the pouring rain. We turned into the trail at the first large caution sign that crossed a wooden bridge into the woods. We should have stayed straight right toward the rivers edge instead of going up. The next woops was we missed the pile of rocks to indicate where to turn to actually go to Monte Cristo from that side of the trail. We went about a mile past the turn before we realized and had to backtrack. We were gaining elevation and the route to Montecristo is lowland around 700 feet. So if you take that route look for a pile of rocks about mile and a half in on your left hand side and take a left at that pile of rocks. You will eventually get down to the river again to find that long log that most people talk about that you need to cross over and from there you just keep Truckin ahead on the gravel road about 2 more miles and you'll find Monte Cristo.

An easy trail since it’s low elevation gain and goes along a road most of the way. There is a log crossing, so I wouldn’t advise small children or anyone with balance issues or fears. However, there are other options if you decide to turn around at the log. The ghost town is very cool with pretty forest and river views along the way!The trail is worth it as long as you know what you’re getting into! I give it a three because it’s not really a hike, but more of a forest road walk.

The hike to Monte Cristo is easy. Once you pass the old mining town, hiking becomes a little more vertical and difficult. Very beautiful and worth the trek.

Some of the trail is redirected do to wash outs and to cross the river you go over a fallen tree. all around a very beautiful hike.

Great walk with historical destination and beautiful fall colors. As noted on prior post, there was a crew of volunteers at the historic town, working to preserve this great gateway to our past... THANKS.

Only negative would be that the river crossing point was poorly marked.

Great hike with 14 boy scouts for a fun overnighter. This was a great way for the younger scouts to work on their outdoor skills. The camping area was very nice and provided plenty of room. Although not stated here (unless I missed it) the US forest service still recommends packing in water. Although there was a cleanup in 2016, the Ranger station in Verlot stated that there is the possibility of arsenic in the water still so it is good to pack in your water.

Hiked on 10/21 and it was a perfect day to do so. The first few miles were very flat so a nice warm up to where the elevation starts. We also went to rampart lakes and some of the little lakes were a little frozen probably from not getting much sun. It was super cold when we started at around 8ish but warmed up as soon as we started to walk. I saw about 6 dogs and only one was on a leash. I understand that your dog might be well behaved but some people get really nervous around them specially if they are not in a leash. Im one of them. I saw dog poop bags too which was super disappointing I wish people would just carry their dog poop and not leave it for people to see. There were not many people so it was nice. I didn’t really think it was a hard hike more Like a moderate hike.

Went up to the Rampart lakes yesterday and there was no ice or snow. It was perfect!

Amazing day! Sunny but a little chilly in the morning. The rocks and logs were slippery. The trail was great going up to Monte Cristo and lots to see at the town. Thanks to all the volunteers that were there to maintain the area. We went 8.9 miles in and out. Amazing pics!!

walking
28 days ago

Nice hike to the falls from Paradise parking lot. It’s definitely a workout for the hammies but wouldn’t have it any other way.

Great history good nature walk for kids and animals.

enjoyable with historic relics from old mines and hotels.

Overall great hike. Was able to get to Rachel Lake yesterday (10/7) but not all the way to Rampart. Around 4500' we started to encounter some snow patches. Snow on the trail was compacted down to around an inch for a couple of the last switch backs. Extremely difficult to pass without poles because it is VERY slippery. We were able to do it without poles, but only very slowly and almost face planted several times.

If going on a weekend, be sure to get there early, as the parking lot fills quickly.

The effort was 100% worth the reward. Stayed the night next to the lake. Woke up to a beautiful morning. Fall colors were everywhere. Could not have done this hike at a better time of the year.

I love this place. It blew my Arizona dwelling mind.

This is a fun, relatively easy hike. We went to the "real" Madcap falls which is not really on the trail. Some folks say its just around the bend from Carter and there is another falls around the bend, but according to the quads Madcap is another 1/2 mile up. So we turned around at about the 2 mile mark. The path is generally easy, wide, and maintained. We did wonder about the wooden pipe that runs along the trail part of the way, other than the fact that it is a hand built wooden pipe that travels easily a mile... What is its history?

walking
1 month ago

Very nice short walk down a very well marked path.

Great place!!

Very pretty area. We enjoyed this hike a lot.

AMAZING VIEWS // worth the tough climb

hiking
2 months ago

This was a nice hike with a beautiful waterfall. We found the little trail that took us closer to the base and then we continued down the trail and ended up at reflection lake. This made the stop worth it as the waterfall itself is not much of a hike.

Camped at Labor day. Train in good condition, no bugs. hiked Alta mountains as a bonus.

hiking
2 months ago

Very good hike. Went till we were even with the bottom of inter glacier. Stayed away from the glacier as rocks were coming down from the top of the glacier. Look out for those if you go beyond the campground. Beautiful up there. The top of the mountain looks soooo close and inviting

I haven't done a hike in a longtime. This was my first in 2018. Beautiful meadows, marmonts running about, and a quick change to an Alien landscape. I'm out of shape by about 30 pounds, and parts were quite strenuous, but worth it.

Started at Longmire and ended at Madcap falls. Total distance is 7.2 miles out and back. Beautiful hike! When you get to Carter falls Madcap falls is only steps away. I thought Madcap was prettier than Carter. This is now one of my favorite Mount Rainier hikes!

hiking
2 months ago

How do you get underneath the Waterfalls? We hiked past the viewpoint from the parking lot today.

Perfect forest walk!

backpacking
2 months ago

Hiked this about a month ago. Mosquitoes were vicious and seemed to avoid the fact I repeated applications of 98% deet.

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