Monte Cristo - TRAIL

Monte Cristo - Trail, Granite Falls, Washington

Old railroad grade turned into a well groomed, wide double trak. This trail is closed in the winter, so call the Verlot Ranger Station for current trail conditions. Also on the warm sunny weekends, be prepared to meet lots of hikers and horseback riders. Now on to the good stuff. The trail used to be a rail line to the mining town of Monte Cristo. Thus, you never climb more than 8 or 9% grade. But it does climb, the whole way. Once up there, you can wander the old town site for awhile and take a breather. For the way back is a speed run all the way back. For more advanced riding, you can try and forge the rivers that cross your path instead of hitting the bridges.

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Mike Harrington   [Jul 12, 2000]

Good for a family or people who are looking for a simple three hour ride. At a very casual speed, it took about 1.5 hours to get to the town and 45 minutes back to the parking lot. The trip back is mostly down hill. Watch out for hikers!
Bikes are not pemitted on the trails in the town and racks are provided. I didn't know this and ended up breaking the rules. I packed my bike over the pedestrian bridge and into the town area. No one was there to complain but I highly suggest bringing a lock so you can explore with peace of mind.
Monte Cristo is right on the south fork of the Sauk and a perfect place to picnic or relax by the river. But if you hike up the trail to the "town center" you'll only see two standing structures and some signs indicating where the rest of them were standing. The best spot is the informational area after the pedestrian bridge. The town is mostly unimpressive but it's away from the city and there are some nice views.

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Only one route to ride.

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Buck Roberts   [Jun 24, 2002]

There is a few land slides across the trail in the first mile but there is some equipment there to clear it but they are easy to walk your bike over. There is a few large trees across the trail to that are easy to get over as well. The trail will be cleared soon I'm sure because they a pretty good about keeping it cleared. There is water running over the road at this time of writing this. The water is running over the road for a pretty good distance just past the river Bridge but we rode through anyway and our feet got soaked. Another week or so that section will be dry. This is a pretty easy ride and its great for the family or friends and its a nice down hill cruz on your way back Watch out for others. This ride on a clear day has some beautiful views of the mountains in the valley. Before you ride this old railroad trail to Monte Cristo do some research on this old mining town it will make your trip much more exciting. There are two wonderful books about Monte Cristo and its Railroad ( Monte Cristo by Phil Woodhouse and The Everett and Monte Cristo Railway by Woodhouse,Jacobson and Petersen ) After reading these books and doing some research on this old mining town made the trip fun and exciting. I took the books with me and there many pictures to see the sites and its really something to see what the town used to look like and what it looks like now. There is alot of history in this valley from Granite Falls to Barlow Pass and from Barlow Pass Trailhead to the town site of Monte Cristo.Be sure to take a bike lock with you because bikes are not permitted in the town site but there are bike racks to lock your bike up at the end of the trail. The trail is four miles long from the trailhead to the town of Monte Cristo and its a great easy ride on a nice hot day.

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Call the Verlot Ranger Station for conditions and there website for directions and other info. 360-691-7791

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