Melmont Ghost Town

EASY 84 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.

hiking
7 days ago

Over all it's not a bad hike, there really is NO parking. We had to park along the road which is narrow, rocks on one side a steep drop off on the other...

The trail is a little confusing to find, we came a few groups of hikers that were also unsure which way to go. The trail is very muddy in places on this hike pet are aloud.

The school house basement is still there along with a few miscellaneous wall along the trail. The dynamite shack is the most complete build but the roof is long gone.

There are some trails that take you closer to the river and which for coal seams in the hill side... Some are hard to miss...

hiking
8 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

Okay so first of all no parking and two once you do park if your lucky right at the bridge, then you cross the bridge to find the trail to you right that has a cable to hold on to and that part is not as easy as it says it is... if your with your dog you will have to carry him/her down do to slippery rocks but other then that not bad once your down it not long the clime is about 20-25' feet anyone can do it.. now once your down and if your looking to where the ghost town is I have no clue so let me know if you find it... lol we walked about 3.5 miles and nothing found the car and the wall and a rock house..

8 days ago

There's only a couple of buildings at the start of the trail and one on a side trail. There's not much of a ghost town. If you keeping going past the trail there's nothing really to see. We went 30mins past the trail and it didn't really lead to anything. By the pictures posted on here I see we didn't miss anything. The trail wasn't really scenic and it was pretty muddy. The only thing kind of cool was the bridge at the start of the trail.

hiking
9 days ago

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hiking
24 days ago

Nice hike. Trail is well maintained. Even after a week of no rain, it was still a little mucky in places, I suggest wearing boots. We had problems parking, not much room. Ended up parking down by the Foothills Trail sign. More space and not as dangerous as parking on the side of the road by the bridge....but it adds about 4 miles (round trip) to the hike. The old buildings are pretty cool. The scenery was awesome.

26 days ago

Not to muddy today....nice easy hike, just watch your step I slipped a few times on the rocks

hiking
28 days ago

Got to Fairfax bridge around 7:30am, had no problem parking. Cross the bridge and went over the guard rail on the rock side. Nice metal cable to help you down. Go LEFT and walk along the path. Not much to see in the ghost town except a couple of old rock structures. Still a pleasant walk in the woods. Path is very muddy but passable. Went in about 3 miles (started mile counter at the turn out parking spot) then had to turn around. Awesome views of MT Rainer and the river much farther down. Will be back to try and go farther to see where it leads.

1 month ago

fun little hike. definitely muddy like everyone says. a little steep walking down behind the bridge to the trail for small children.

1 month ago

1 month ago

Super muddy and slick. It was a fun looking for the "ghost" stuff. We got down to the trail off the oposite side of bridge, from parking area. There are cables to help your way down. We also saw a gated enterance about mile down off the main road if that enterance won't work for you. All in all good Sunday hike with my husband and baby.

1 month ago

Damn near impossible to even get to. What a waste.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

It's a nice muddy walk, we loved it.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

It was an easy hike but super muddy. Only thing that I didn't like. There's not really much to see. Just a long muddy trail.

2 months ago