Melmont Ghost Town

EASY 112 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
826 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.

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.

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!

16 days ago

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17 days ago

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

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22 days 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.

24 days ago

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25 days 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

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26 days ago

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28 days ago

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

1 month ago

beautiful

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1 month ago

1 month 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.

1 month ago

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

no parking

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1 month ago

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1 month 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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1 month ago