Melmont Ghost Town

EASY 137 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.

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month 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.

1 month 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
1 month 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!

2 months ago

Muddy!!!!!

3 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!

4 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.

hiking
4 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!!!

hiking
5 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.

5 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.

5 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
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 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
5 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
6 months ago

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

6 months ago

beautiful

6 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.

6 months ago

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

6 months ago

no parking

hiking
6 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

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