County Road Monte Cristo Town

Granite Falls, Washington

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It was the first clear day in several weeks, and it came on a weekend. The hike to Monte Cristo is popular, so, to avoid the mob, we reached Barlow Pass at 8:00 A.M. and still counted ten cars that had arrived before us. This is a wonderful trip any time of the year, and especially in June when the pussy willows and trillium are blooming and the mountains are plastered with snow. In June there will be patches of snow to cross. The parking lot at Barlow Pass must have been filling up fast, as hikers and bicycles were soon passing us. However, it was nothing compared to the numbers that passed us as we headed back to the car. One family, on bicycles, had two young kids on bicycles with training wheels.
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Roads to Trails Northwest Washington

by Washington Trails Association (The Mountaineers Books)

It was the first clear day in several weeks, and it came on a weekend. The hike to Monte Cristo is popular, so, to avoid the mob, we reached Barlow Pass at 8:00 A.M. and still counted ten cars that had arrived before us. This is a wonderful trip any time of the year, and especially in June when the pussy willows and trillium are blooming and the mountains are plastered with snow. In June there will be patches of snow to cross.

The parking lot at Barlow Pass must have been filling up fast, as hikers and bicycles were soon passing us. However, it was nothing compared to the numbers that passed us as we headed back to the car. One family, on bicycles, had two young kids on bicycles with training wheels.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Granite Falls
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Best spring to fall
Trailhead Elevation: 2,361 feet
Top Elevation: 2,756 feet
Local Contacts: Darrington Ranger District, Mount Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest
Local Maps: Green Trails #143 Monte Cristo, #111 Sloan Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to County Road: Monte Cristo Town

Recent Trail Reviews

7/6/2009
1

Wilderness restored. This was an excellent trail even on a rainy day. Caution: when you get to the washout, pay close attention to the trail map there. We got lost by taking a wrong turn - it is not a well marked trail once you cross the river (using a log). Monte Cristo is an intereting place and Glacier Creek made for an excellent setting for lunch. Be careful on the upper trails - an "experienced hiker" lost her life on the trails above the day we were up here. The trail (old road) to MC is an easy and very pretty walk but snow covers much of the upper basin late into the summer and there are many cliffs which is not good when mixed with ice.


6/14/2007
1

Took first long trip out for an over nighter. Lots of washed out areas, so the easier hike did become more challenging. Nice tent area near the town and not too crowded when we were there. It is an avid day hike area, was surprised at the amount of day hikers crossing rivers with washed out bridges and such without provisions of any kind, especially with little children. Is a mining area so recommended to carry in your own water. Snow was very low on Glacier Basin which stopped us from going there as we originally planned. Beautiful area, definitely a good trail for those that want some challenge but area holding out for elevation changes for once they get back into the town area.


8/27/2006
1

My sons and I made this hike on a Sunday in the late summer. The trail wich is actually a road is passable by pretty much any means of transportation though you would need the keys to the gate to go in on anything larger than a bike or horse. The trail is well used and we ran across hikers, dog walkers and cyclist all the way to the townsite. The towsite has been well maintained and points of intrest labeled by the forest service. The old building and especially the old railroad turntable were of endless amusement to my sons 10 and 6 years old. This trail is suitable for all ages and skill levals. For those looking for a bit more of a challenge, the towsite is the beginning of several other trails including silver lake wich is very challneging and rewarding.



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