Melmont Ghost Town

EASY 103 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.

4 days ago

beautiful

hiking
9 days ago

13 days ago

13 days 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.

15 days ago

20 days ago

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

20 days ago

no parking

hiking
22 days ago

hiking
22 days 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

hiking
25 days ago

29 days 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!

1 month ago

1 month ago

Love this hike

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago

hiking
1 month 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.

1 month ago

hiking
2 months 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...