Monte Cristo Trail

MODERATE 82 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 a river 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
544 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bridge out

muddy

rocky

washed out

2 months ago

Wonderfully interesting. The mining town was very interesting, parts of the trail were just through forest, nothing interesting to see, however we passed by some very interesting views. The reward is definitely the end of the trail.

2 months ago

Wonderfully interesting. The mining town was very interesting, parts of the trail were just through forest, nothing interesting to see, however we passed by some very interesting views. The reward is definitely the end of the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

A lot of fun with plenty of great unseen trails to return to. Leaves are just starting to change so the various details in the hill and mountain sides were great to observe.

3 months ago

Would have given this pleasant hike five stars, but it appears there have been some washouts in recent years. Trail repairs have left some portions of the trail pretty rocky. Saw two mountain bikers who seemed pretty disappointed.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike, trail in good condition. Good for all skill levels, kid and dog friendly. The river is lower then usual due to our dry summer. Lots of artifacts to enjoy in Monte Cristo, flowers blooming. The mileage is misleading. This hike is 9.5 miles from start to finish NOT 8.1 miles like claimed on website.

hiking
4 months ago

I loved it! Beautiful views & lovely weather! Would love if they put a bridge over the river, because I almost fell off the log

hiking
6 months 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.

6 months 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.

6 months 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
6 months 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
7 months ago

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

hiking
9 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
10 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
10 months ago

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

backpacking
10 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.

hiking
Sunday, September 11, 2016

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.

Friday, August 12, 2016

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

hiking
Tuesday, August 09, 2016

This was a fun trip with friends. We went beyond the town and the gps registered 11.2 miles. Minimal gain and really easy to follow. Great lunch time spent in hammocks above a bubbling stream. Zero bugs.

backpacking
Friday, July 29, 2016

We hiked through Monte Cristo on our way to Glacier Basin for an overnight camping trip. The walk to Monte Cristo is very standard and great for someone looking for a more relaxed trek. Mostly you are walking along a gravel road with occasional spots of rockiness. The town itself is pretty cool with beautiful views of mountains, the old Sauk river, and abandoned buildings. You can really smell hold old these buildings are! Pretty cool stuff.

hiking
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

hiked with 9yo and gf took 4 1/2 hrs lots of rocks after log and bugs bugs and more bugs

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