Gothic Basin Trail

Snohomish County, Washington

Elevation Gain3,648ft
Trailhead Elevation2,318ft
Elevation Min/Max2311/4958ft
Elevation Start/End2318/2318ft

Gothic Basin Trail

Gothic Basin Trail is a hiking trail in Snohomish County, Washington. It is 3.3 miles long and begins at 2,318 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,648 feet. The Registration Station information can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the Weden Creek / Gothic Basin #724 information board. There are also restrooms near the end of the trail. This trail connects with the following: Monte Cristo Trail.

Gothic Basin Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Rugged and spectacular—yes. Gothic, perhaps, for this stark and mysterious basin harbors hidden tarns and disappearing waterways and is surrounded by spiraling peaks. A difficult hike on steep and rocky terrain, Gothic Basin with all its rich beauty can’t keep hikers away; just as it couldn’t keep miners away a century ago with its lure of riches.

It was those hardy folk who built this path. It has been upgraded since—somewhat. The splendor of the basin, however, can’t be improved one bit. Past glaciers and the agents of erosion have left it pretty darn near to perfect."

"This popular 10.5-mile hike follows trails cut to support mining operations in Gothic Basin. The miners and prospectors that cut this trail were interested in getting to their mines as quickly as possible, and the trail wastes little time before tackling the elevation.

This is a challenging hike that is not for everyone, but Gothic Basin is well worth the effort. The area is simply stunning. In the few weeks that Foggy Lake is melted out each year, its icy waters exude a gorgeous deep-blue color. There are also a number of truly amazing campsites that offer privacy and choice views."

"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."

Gothic Basin Trail Reviews

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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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Trail Information

Snohomish County
Nearby City
Skill Level
Camping, Mountain Biking
Additional Use
Verlot Public Service Center, 33515 Mountain Loop Hwy., Granite Falls, WA 98252; (360) 691-7791;
Local Contacts
USGS Monte Cristo; Green Trails Map #143 (Monte Cristo)
Local Maps

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Oct 2018