Monte Cristo Trail

MODERATE 61 reviews
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Monte Cristo Trail is a 8.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Granite Falls, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
613 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bridge out

muddy

washed out

hiking
4 days ago

Mostly an easy walk (former railway trail), although there is a river crossing on a wide log and a rocky section. Shallow inclines throughout. Beautiful scenery as you walk along the river and through the mountains. No specific peak or vista, though.

It was fairly crowded on a Saturday, and the abandoned mining town had visitors and volunteers performing maintenance. It's well-marked with a descriptive pamphlet.

Good trail for dogs.

4 days ago

did this about 3 weeks ago good easy trail. first hike of the year for me and my new dog. lots of scenery and the old mining town was cool. one person actually still living there.

12 days ago

13 days ago

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23 days ago

23 days ago

Fun hike for a hot Memorial Day weekend. Crossing the log was a little challenging but it was fun. A chilly refreshing breeze at the top. The old townsite of Monte Cristo was pretty neat.

hiking
29 days ago

The trail itself was in really good shape I would say..... there is one part still that has snow over the path, but easy to maneuver through! There is one small part where you will get your feet wet, but not too bad! The path is a little confusing in some parts, stick to the main path , once you get to the log crossing there is no question where to go. The old town is pretty cool that's where we turned around! I would say this was an easy hike, just long! Beautiful scenery!

hiking
1 month ago

I love this hike, but HATE crossing the log. Is there any way to cross without having to cross over the log?

2 months ago

Have been here twice, on trips to the Seattle area in Nov. 2013 and again in Sept. of the following year as I wanted to see it in the summer months and before it was closed for a cleanup project. Hike is easy, but getting across the creek can be rather tricky.

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty rocky path. Make sure you have sturdy shoes. The old mining town is pretty cool and the views are a nice little reward.

hiking
4 months ago

I've done this hike before and loved it. However for anyone coming from granite falls on mountain loop highway, the highway is closed about 7 miles out from the turnoff.

hiking
4 months ago

definately a nice long hike mostly flat good for pictures all day kinda hike. and picnic

backpacking
5 months ago

Great overnighter. Getting there can be kind of tough. The trail has been washed out. Large rocks litter the path. Due to previous storms many downed trees make it tough to pass. But all will be worth it once you reach the town.

8 months ago

8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

What a wonderful hike, the trail is so easy to follow now, very well marked. The log crossing was easy as well, and there are a few spots where you can cross to the other side without having to cross the log, and not get your feet wet. My friends and I were out there very early and had the whole trail to ourselves. The trail is very nicely maintained, there is only one small section on the other side of the river and back on the main trail where it's a short stretch of rocks. The leaves are starting to turn. It was nice to see some of the old buildings still standing. Great place for camping too. No bugs, No bees.

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9 months ago

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10 months ago

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10 months ago

10 months ago

this is a fantastic day hike there are lots of bugs so be sure and bring some repellent