The Ghost Town of Monte Cristo / Darrington, WA


 A couple of weeks back, a friend introduced this hike to me. This is probably one of the most unique places I have ever hiked. At the end of the trail is a ghost town where they mined back in the 1890's. This was a thriving community until 1907 when they were forced to shut down due to lack of funding and a poor market. If you would like more information, the website is


Round trip:        8 miles

Elevation gain:   700 feet

Highest point:    2800 feet

Features:           Rivers, wildflowers, and meadows

Pace:                 Slow to moderate

Time frame:       5 - 6 hours ( The time includes lunch in Monte Cristo )

Configuration:    Out and back

Exposure:          Mostly shaded

Skill level:          Easy to moderate

What to bring:    Plenty of food and water

Access:              NW FOREST PASS REQUIRED



7:30 AM:            Meet at the Brickyard P&R

7:45 AM:            Leave for the trailhead

9:00 AM:            Arrive at the trailhead ( We should be returning to the parking lot    between 2:00 and 3:00 PM ) 



From Granite Falls, go north on the Mountain Loop Hwy, past Verlot to the end of the hwy.


There is also the option of stopping somewhere to eat after the hike. If anyone would be interested, please let me know when we return to the parking lot.


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  • Suzy

    Thank you, Bob!
    It was a cool place. Nice weather, well paved trail.

    1 · September 15, 2013

  • Mani

    I am having a slight back pain and I am not going to make it today.

    September 15, 2013

  • Laura

    I'm going to bail -- don't like the weather forecast -- but I can't change my RSVP now.

    September 14, 2013

  • Laura

    Any idea what the water level is in the stream? The weather doesn't sound too great for crossing rivers on logs.

    September 14, 2013

    • Bob G.

      Hi Laura, I have hiked several other areas since we have the heavy rain and the rivers are still fairly low. We should be fine

      September 14, 2013

  • Becca S

    This hike looks like lots of fun, hopefully there will be a next time :)

    1 · September 10, 2013

    • Laura

      This town will soon be destroyed when the Forest Service begins a "remediation" project to address toxic waste left from the mining period, thus also destroying a large area of forest.

      September 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just dropped out called into work so I won't be able to make it after all.

    September 14, 2013

  • Laura

    Is there a number where we could call you in case of problems tomorrow?

    September 14, 2013

  • Lisa H.

    I hafta work the weekend again. Hope I have changed my RSVP in time for someone else to use the spot. Will be looking for similar hikes this fall.

    September 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is an awesome hike...did it about 3 years ago! Hoping work doesn't call and I can make this one. I'm up in Skagit County so won't be meeting up in Bothell with you all....I'm closer to it up here....

    September 10, 2013

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