Gothic Basin

Granite Falls, Washington

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This steep but scenic trail to rocky Gothic Basin is perched high above the Sauk River Valley and historic Monte Cristo townsite. Good camps can be found in the basin, and glacier-carved country invites further wandering from Foggy Lake under the shadows of Del Campo Peak into the heather-and-rock country beyond. For an interesting side excursion, explore Monte Cristo, an easy 3-mile walk or mountain bike ride up the road from the trailhead (4 miles from Barlow Pass). Barlow Pass is the gateway to the exceptionally scenic headwaters of the Sauk River and the historically intriguing ghost town of Monte Cristo. Visiting the area today, it may be hard to believe that in the late 1890s the bustling town’s population swelled to 2,000 as people came to the remote region to work the area’s gold mines. Even as late as the early 1930s after the decline of mining, the town—accessible bydirect rail service from the city of Everett north of Seattle—attracted hunters, campers, and sightseers.
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Hiking Washington

by Ron Adkison & David Wortman (Falcon Guides)

This steep but scenic trail to rocky Gothic Basin is perched high above the Sauk River Valley and historic Monte Cristo townsite. Good camps can be found in the basin, and glacier-carved country invites further wandering from Foggy Lake under the shadows of Del Campo Peak into the heather-and-rock country beyond. For an interesting side excursion, explore Monte Cristo, an easy 3-mile walk or mountain bike ride up the road from the trailhead (4 miles from Barlow Pass).

Barlow Pass is the gateway to the exceptionally scenic headwaters of the Sauk River and the historically intriguing ghost town of Monte Cristo. Visiting the area today, it may be hard to believe that in the late 1890s the bustling town’s population swelled to 2,000 as people came to the remote region to work the area’s gold mines. Even as late as the early 1930s after the decline of mining, the town—accessible bydirect rail service from the city of Everett north of Seattle—attracted hunters, campers, and sightseers.

©  Ron Adkison & David Wortman/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Granite Falls
Distance: 8.6
Elevation Gain: 2,600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4.5 hours
Season: July to mid-October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest, Verlot Public Service Center
Local Maps: USGS Monte Cristo
Driving Directions: Directions to Gothic Basin

Recent Trail Reviews

8/6/2005
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Not as described in the book. Difficult steep rocky trail, with scrambling to Foggy Lake -- which is Buggy, Windy and Crowded (14 camps at the lake, about 25 people, plus day hikers). Very few good campsites, just sun-exposed rock.



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