Melmont Ghost Town

EASY 148 reviews

Melmont Ghost Town is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Carbonado, Washington 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.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
495 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

forest

river

blowdown

muddy

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.

2 days ago

Beautiful hike on a beautiful day. As other reviews have said park on the western side of the bridge and then walk back across it. If you are standing on the eastern side of the bridge facing the east you can get down to the trail from either side of the bridge, but the cable with hand grips will be on the right side (southern side). On the left side (northern side) you will also be able to get to the trail, a bit steeper with a guide rope of sorts, not child or pet friendly though in my opinion.

Saw plenty of other hikers in the beginning parts of the trail, one group had three generations hiking along easily. Personally came across 4-5 people walking comfortably with their dogs, and there is a nice spot about halfway through the trail where they can zoom around on a nice flat area.

Wasn’t much for a “ghost town” there are signs of historical human habitation/occupation, but not many and you can find them from the photos others have posted. There is the chance that I may have missed them though as there are other off shoots from the main trail that I left unexplored.

Beautiful hike though, most of the time you can comfortably walk next to someone and carry on an easy conversation. The trail extends miles beyond what is listed, so if you wanted to explore further that Is always an option too.

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19 days ago

A bit confused at the rating of this one, perhaps we just tried to enter at the wrong spot,..The path down from the GPS marking, just past the single lane bridge, is incredibly steep and was not puppy friendly. Even on a dry day, people were having to scoot down the decline on their rear ends.

Perhaps we will revisit and try to decent on the other side of the bridge, though there are lots of other options in the area to visit first.

29 days ago

3/24. Snow on the ground. Make sure you have gloves to get down under the bridge, your hands will be very cold from the cable. Lots of people on bridge taking pictures, beautiful views looking down. Very muddy on the trails.

1 month ago

Really beautiful! The bridge is amazing in itself! Gorgeous out there today.

1 month ago

Went here on 2/24/18 it was a chilly day with on and off snow. Firstly park close to the bridge, which is a one lane, secondly walk to the start of the bridge go over the side by guard rails. there is a little path down to the trail, it's a cable and can be slippery in snow if you're now wearing correct shoes. We went left and saw the car and some building structure, but it's a beautiful view of the river! Loved it!

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3 months ago

Muddy. Once you get down the side of the bridge with the cable it’s an easy walk. We went east and took the hill up the old grassy area and remnants of a building. There are lots of muddy trails to check out but nothing special. We followed the river up a ways, looks like a great place to ride a dirt bike.

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3 months ago

"Ghost town" would be an overstatement, as from what I saw, it's merely an old car, and the remnants of one, maybe two small old buildings. If you're looking for a straight flat hike through the woods, this one is for you. If you're looking for a challenge (or even a cool old ghost town), I wouldn't recommend it.

Of course, any day in nature is a good day, right?

Also, this trail extends pretty far beyond the ghost town, so if you're looking for a longer trail you can just keep going. In fact, we went for much longer than 2 miles, thinking there was more to the ghost town.

3 months ago

Loved this trail. A little hard to find but had a blast. Trail is a little muddy but wear water proof shoes and you’ll be just fine

hiking
3 months ago

This was really a cool trail! Our 8 & 6 yr old (we hike a lot) could make it down the cable next to the bridge. Thanks to the reviewer (Jordan!) who said to park across the bridge and walk back over and it’s on the right side!

4 months ago

Muddy!!!!!

5 months ago

Must have been blind or too lost in conversation.... our entire group missed seeing much of any of the “ghost” buildings. Enjoyable grade through the woods with the Carbon River nearby did make for a good afternoon adventure. Trail needs attention though, as it was sloppy!

6 months ago

We started at the Trailhead sign per the suggestion of another review. Coming from Puyallup and it was a mile or two BEFORE the bridge, on the right side, big white sign with area beside the road to park. It added an extra half hour of flat gravelly walking, very well maintained. Much easier than the "goat path" by the bridge!! Our dog loved this trail.

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6 months ago

Overall fun trail. You have to go off the main track to find all the fun extras, but worth it. We did what probably everyone else does and crossed the bridge expecting the entrance to be on that side. I read another review (I think by Eric?) that said to walk back over the bridge. Sure enough we found the rope leading down! Found the cars, the river, the wall, and the Old structure. Lots of photo opportunities!!!

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7 months ago

This trail is beautiful and good for all ages. From Carbonado cross the bridge and park on the dirt. Walk back across the bridge and the trailhead is right over the guardrail on the right. First couple hundred feet from the bridge to the trail is steep but a cable eases access. Trail is flat and there is a lot to see. Not much is left of the old town except for some retaining walls and a dynamite storage building. Access down to the river is tough however if you take the trail through the meadow you'll be able to get down. A couple of rails from the track and other metal is down there. The river is a whitish blue color from it being glacial melt from Rainier, and swift moving in places so be careful of pets that are off leash.

7 months ago

Pretty good hike. You have to take a rope chain from the one lane bridge down to the actual trail. That was a rough way down. The trail itself was flat & easy. Lots of bullet shells, so it looks like people go down there shooting. The best parts were the ones when we took side trails down the cliff to the river. It was virtually straight down, so coming back up was tough. Lastly, we couldn't figure out why the water was milky colored. But the imagery was beautiful.

7 months ago

Not a bad hike. Our kids are 5 and 3 and were able to do it no problem-- a little tired towards the end. The hardest part of the trail is the entrance/exit. We appreciated the review that said you have to park on the far side of the bridge, walk back and follow the cable line down -- it doesnt look like anything at all but is in fact the trail head. Took a bit of maneuvering to get the kids down but nothing we couldn't handle. Mostly shaded too, perfect for a hot day. We will definitely be going again!

hiking
7 months ago

Lovely hike! Buildings are very cool. Good river access if you look for the spur trails.

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7 months ago

Lovely trail, hiked in mid-August with two dogs. Not a lot of people, especially on the other side of the bridge.

Possible edit: start the trail at the Foothills Trail sign, not at the bridge. It's a longer, more enjoyable hike from there, and a much easier access point than the bridge.

hiking
7 months ago

Pretty Awesome! The kids really enjoyed using the cable to climb up and down the trailhead! Other than that pretty basic logging road - felt nice to see that It is maintained and taken care of! Fun Sunday

hiking
8 months ago

easier if u start at the "Foothills Trail" sign and not at the bridge.was an easy fun "hike".

8 months ago

beautiful

8 months ago

A challenge to get from bridge to trail and back up. Otherwise a very easy 4.3 or more. Parking is poor at best.

8 months ago

The best part was the bridge. Other than that meh. The trail doesn't even go to anything. Just ends

8 months ago

no parking

hiking
8 months ago

this was an awesome hike i went with my three grandkids ages 5,5 and 3 the trail down the side of the bridge wasnt bad at all a little sketchy but the kids had fun the cable helps alot. other than that we followed the trail to the left found the old dynamite shack and parts of the old bridge then when the trail forked we went to the left and had a picnic at the old schoolhouse foundation. the kids talked about it all the way home. great hike 2.75 miles in and out total. beautiful scenery

9 months ago

I have a little bit of a mixed review for this Trail. The drive out and the bridge are very nice. Beautiful views, however not my favorite hike. If you decide to go, here is a little help for you. The only parking is across the bridge. Then you need to walk back across the bridge where you will take the cable line down on the right side. It is a little difficult. After that go left and it's pretty much a logging Trail for most of the hike. One treat was we did make our way down to the river. After a mile or two on the trail you will have an option to go up or forward at a place where the trail splits. If you follow the trail that continues forward there will be a small trail that splits off down the canyon towards the river to your right. It's really steep but it is worth it to make it down to a small sandy beach beach along the river. This entire trail at dusk had lots of bugs and we did get into a little stinging nettle when we explored off trail. Would recommend bug spray and long pants. Have fun!

9 months ago

Love this hike

hiking
9 months ago

THERE IS NO GHOST TOWN. LOL. I will start there because I got asked on the trail about 4 times if I had seen the ghost town yet. There are two small crumbling buildings about .5 miles from the bridge and that is IT. The trail is beautiful, great with kids and the sound of the river is very relaxing. The path is wide enough to drive down but still feels very secluded. I would go again with the kids. Probably not by myself though.

hiking
9 months ago

It was a very pretty hike... But not much to see as far as the Ghost Town goes. And what we did see was only about half a mile from the bridge but we walked 4 miles out for the enjoyment and 4 miles back.

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