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.

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Day Hiking: North Cascades (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano
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"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." Read more
Hiking through History Washington (Falcon Guides)
Nathan and Jeremy Barnes
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"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." Read more

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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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Dec 2018