Monte Cristo Trail

MODERATE 104 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

hiking
15 days ago

It’s a great trail but long. Views are amazing and well worth the long hike. Don’t recommend having small children though. Once you get to the town it makes it all worth it. Definitely not the easiest hike but very fun. Started at 12 an got back around 6:30. We stopped a couple times and spent an hour or so at the town.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty decent trail with some variety. Some parts are wide and well graveled, and others are much more natural. There's a huge downed tree you walk across to get to the other side of the river at one point which is neat. There are some truly spectacular views, especially if you push past Monte Cristo and go farther up the mountain. I would call this a beginner to intermediate trail. I started at 1:30pm and got back to my car around 7:30pm. Make sure to leave anything that's not a necessity at home and lock your car.

1 month ago

Long hike but very easy and BEAUTIFUL !! loved the old mining town and its relics. water along the way is so beautiful and clear but FREEZING! Lots of dogs off leashes. Tons of people and sunshine. Will go back again!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! We had a 2 year old and he was a champ! Would definitely recommend.

1 month ago

Fun hike...glad I went and got to see all the cool buildings at the top...The water is so clear and blue.

6 months ago

Great easy long hike.

9 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
9 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.

10 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
11 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
11 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
Sunday, June 18, 2017

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.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

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.

Monday, May 29, 2017

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
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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

hiking
Sunday, February 19, 2017

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
Saturday, January 28, 2017

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
Sunday, January 22, 2017

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

backpacking
Friday, January 20, 2017

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

Monday, July 25, 2016

We went later in the afternoon so traffic on the trail was light. Trees offered some needed shade. Beautiful views. The river was cold without being bracing. I didn't look at pictures on this sight, so I was surprised by the fun place at the end. There was two detours around a clay slide out area and a washed out bridge; that offered a log for passing.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Fun hike. A few obstacles. Clay slide so trail was made to go around. Have to cross river on a short log due to washed out bridge. At one point lots of river rock to walk over. I'm a beginner so it was a bit long, but great history when you get to the old cabins. Keep walking to last cabin. with picket fence...has a great bench by river to relax and eat lunch!!

hiking
Sunday, July 17, 2016

Awesome out and back hike. At the top you'll be greeted by amazing mountain views and an old abandoned ghost town. Take time to explore the ruins. Then head on up to silver lake.

hiking
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Nice easy stroll along the old dirt road. One river crossing on a large log over the river to deal with but not difficult at all. Views of Foggy Peak ridge to the north from Monte Cristo and a few other peaks to see along the trail. Not much left of the town to see but still a pleasant destination. Completely snow free this February.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

This is hardly what I'd even qualify as a hike and there's not much to it and the trail is almost completely flat. They should really just open this up for motorized access. Anyway, if you've got very novice hikers this is fine, but I can think of 50 other trails that would be more rewarding. Monte Cristo itself is nothing exciting. Just old buildings and some rusted junk laying around.

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