Monte Cristo, Washington

Posted by ads' corner on Wednesday, 2016-08-03
Posted in [Unterwegs]

At some point last year, Joshua and I discussed a backpacking trip. The idea of #PGBackPacking was born!

After considering our options, the available days and the physical fitness of our team members, we settled with an old ghost town about 60 km east of Everett: Monte Cristo.

History

There is gold! First mining camps in the area started in the 1870s, and by the 1890s the camp site was a fully explored city with ceveral hundred people living there. By 1893 the city had a railroad connection to Everett. But the potentioal of the mines was greatly overestimated and by 1920 almost all mining activities stopped.

The place got a second life as a tourist attraction, bringing thousands of visitors into town. The railroad was closed after a flood in 1932, and the road was never properly restored after several washout. The last hotel burnt down in 1983.

Today the place can be reached by hiking, parts of the street are good for cycling as well - but keep in mind that you need to carry your bicycle across a few hills, logs, rivers and stony ways.

Links with further information I’ve found and used to prepare the trip:

There is absolutely no cellphone reception. In fact, your mobile device will stop working long before you reach the parking lot. No electricity, no telephone. Whatever you need, you have to carry it with you. Be prepared that there are wild animals. They will go after your food - scent plastic bags are a great help. Please also carry back all your trash, and do not leave anything behind.

Original plan

When we discussed the trip, our original plan was to drive to¬†Mountain Loop Scenic Byway, park the cars, hike to Monte Cristo and from there hike to Silver Lake. Base camp at the lake, and next day hike to Twin Lakes. We couldn’t be more wrong …

New plan

The hike to Monte Cristo took us about 3 hours for 7.3 km. Along the way we found some Geocaches. Be prepared to climb some hills, cross a river on a log, and a few more obstacles in your way.

Trail to Monte Cristo
Trail to Monte Cristo

Trail to Monte Cristo
Trail to Monte Cristo

Trail to Monte Cristo
Trail to Monte Cristo

Trail to Monte Cristo
Trail to Monte Cristo

Trail to Monte Cristo
Trail to Monte Cristo

Old bridge on the trail to Monte Cristo
Old bridge on the trail to Monte Cristo

Weden House, an old warehouse not far from Monte Cristo
Weden House, an old warehouse not far from Monte Cristo

Trail to Monte Cristo
Trail to Monte Cristo

Trail to Monte Cristo
Trail to Monte Cristo

Trail to Monte Cristo
Trail to Monte Cristo

After arriving there, we decided to use the camp site and stay there over night.

Monte Cristo Campground
Monte Cristo Campground

Monte Cristo Campground
Monte Cristo Campground

Putting up the tents only took a few minutes and we used the remaining daylight to visit and explore the town.

Monte Cristo
Monte Cristo

Monte Cristo
Monte Cristo

Old railway turntable in Monte Cristo
Old railway turntable in Monte Cristo

Railway water tank in Monte Cristo
Railway water tank in Monte Cristo

Old buildings in Monte Cristo
Old buildings in Monte Cristo

Information panel
Information panel

Downtown Monte Cristo
Downtown Monte Cristo

Can you believe that they once had 5 hotels there? I found remains of two:

Royal Hotel, Monte Cristo
Royal Hotel, Monte Cristo

Monte Cristo Hotel
Monte Cristo Hotel

The view from the town and the camping site is impressive. There is still snow on some mountains, in August.

View from Monte Cristo
View from Monte Cristo

View from Monte Cristo
View from Monte Cristo


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