Monte Cristo Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Snohomish County, Washington. It is 4.1 miles long and begins at 2,354 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 681 feet. The Barlow Pass trailhead parking is near the trailhead. There is also a picnic site. Along the trail there is an information board.
Monte Cristo Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Monte Cristo is an old mining town near the headwaters of the South Fork of the Sauk River. This easy out-and-back ride is nine miles long. It covers gentle terrain with a couple of short, moderately difficult hills. The trip follows a compacted dirt-and-gravel road in good condition. This area was the site of the Cascades' greatest gold rush. Millions of dollars worth of gold and silver ore were produced here in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A free map and walking tour brochure is available as you enter the town site. The pamphlet describes some of the town's history and provides insights into the lives of the miners. There are walking paths to old structures and relics of the "boom." An excellent ride for strong families. Scenery: 7,000' peaks surround the historic mining town of Monte Cristo."
--Bennett & Leman, Mountain Bike! Washington (Menasha Ridge Press).
"This 9.5-mile hike follows a railroad grade out to the gold-rush town of Monte Cristo. The hike begins at Barlow Pass, following the same railroad grade that has been in use since 1893. Flat
and wide, the graveled road is an easy stroll along the South Fork Sauk River.
This is a decent hike that should be approachable for almost anyone, especially those interested in a little history. To get the most out of your visit, we recommend you stop at the Verlot Ranger Station on your way out to Barlow Pass to pick up a pamphlet that includes a map of Monte Cristo and explanations of the various marked sites in the town."
--Nathan and Jeremy Barnes, Hiking through History Washington (Falcon Guides).
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