Glacier Basin Via Monte Cristo Trail

HARD 14 reviews

Glacier Basin Via Monte Cristo Trail is a 12.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Granite Falls, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

12.7 miles
2,755 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips




wild flowers


Directions from Verlot: Travel east on the Mt. Loop Hwy. 19.5 miles. Park at Barlow Pass and proceed on foot for 4.0 miles on the Monte Cristo Road. Presently, one must go through the Monte Cristo Townsite in order to bypass a washed out bridge on the trail.

16 days ago

Easy hike out to Monte Cristo, gets a little tough after that. Absolutely beautiful the whole way, but there were lots of flies.

1 month ago

Turned around at the snow at a half mile, maybe less, to the end of the trail; it was cloudy anyway wouldn't have seen anything from the basin. The waterfall was still gorgeous, as was the scenery of the hillside and the forest below. Climbing the steep, rocky and bouldery trail section was a little sketchy when wet, but it's doable. For not intending to do this hike at all today, I was still pleased with it, clouds and all.

2 months ago

hiked 6/12. really nice, easy 4-mile walk to the Monte Cristo townsite. past there, start to encounter serious elevation gain. almost made it to Glacier Basin, but too much snow obscuring trail right near the end. tried poodle dog pass and made it up to the stream crossing before snow once again foiled plans. can't wait to try again in a month.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

did this hike 3weeks ago. it was pretty tough next to the falls. even my dog was exhausted. didn't make it all the way cause of sketchy snow bridges caving in on me. should be cleared up by now though. definitely going back to complete this soon.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Friday, July 29, 2016

Starts out as an easy trek through Monte Cristo on a very flat gravel road. There are some rockier spots as you get farther down the trail. Once you pass through Monte Cristo the trail starts to pick up and is a little more exciting. You end up going straight up the side of the mountain, which is a little more challenging. At one point you have to climb a rope to continue on. Once you arrive at the basin it is just stunningly beautiful. We stayed over night at the permanent camp spot.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Beautiful basin below Monte Cristo Peak and Wilman Peaks. I only came across one other group - most people just hike to Monte Cristo. After passing through "town" take the bridge to the left. The trail starts out easy enough for about the first mile until you get to the waterfall. That is where the trail gets steep and it was a tad slippery in places from frost but nothing technical. Keep pushing because it is only another mile to the basin. I lost the trail near the top across the boulder field and just followed along next to the creek. Almost snow free in February. There should be a lot more snow this time of year. 12 1/2 miles round trip factoring in the hike to Monte Cristo.

2 months ago

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Sunday, August 17, 2014