Glacier Basin

Granite Falls, Washington

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Follow an abandoned road along the wild and temperamental South Fork Sauk River to the once-booming mining town of Monte Cristo. Head up “main street” past relics of a bygone era, following an old miners path high into the barren country beneath the stark and imposing walls and spires of the Monte Cristo peaks. With snow-fed braided creeks cascading through mounds of talus ringed with wildflowers, the scenery of Glacier Basin is simply breathtaking. And so is the climb—one of the roughest, rockiest, and steepest around.
Day Hiking: North Cascades

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Day Hiking: North Cascades

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Follow an abandoned road along the wild and temperamental South Fork Sauk River to the once-booming mining town of Monte Cristo. Head up “main street” past relics of a bygone era, following an old miners path high into the barren country beneath the stark and imposing walls and spires of the Monte Cristo peaks.

With snow-fed braided creeks cascading through mounds of talus ringed with wildflowers, the scenery of Glacier Basin is simply breathtaking. And so is the climb—one of the roughest, rockiest, and steepest around.

©  Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Granite Falls
Distance: 12.5
Elevation Gain: 2,040 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: July–Oct 31
Trailhead Elevation: 2,000 feet
Top Elevation: 4,400 feet
Local Contacts: Mount Baker– Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District, or Verlot Public Service Center
Local Maps: Green Trails Sloan Peak No. 111, Monte Cristo No. 143
Topo Map: Glacier Basin Topographic Map
Guide Book: Day Hiking: North Cascades Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

6/23/2009

This is certainly one of the more difficult hikes to go on. The guide suggests a mountain bike to get to Monte Cristo, however ,when I traveled it, this was unreasonable as the bridge across the river was out, and several landslides and fallen trees blocked the road. It would be better to travel this trail in July or August, when I went there was solid snow for a good mile up and into the basin, but the end result is well worth the trip.

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