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Day Hike - Foothills Trail

Experience the mining history of coal country, hiking from historic Carbonado to the Melmont ghost town, with an optional after hike refreshment stop at the historic Carbonado Saloon, popular for its food and historic decor.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 400 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 1,600 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

Meet at 10:00 AM at Nomad PNW Coffee Shop, 529 Church St, Wilkeson, reached by driving east on SR 410 to Buckley, where you turn right onto SR 165 and continue left on SR 165 at the stop sign to Wilkeson.

Due to severely limited  parking space at the trailhead, we will consolidate cars in Wilkeson and then caravan to the trailhead on SR 165, a short distance south from the turnoff to Carbonado.  The hike is on an abandoned railroad grade and will take us to some relics of the Melmont ghost town, which had housed coal mine workers in an earlier era.

Following the hike, we'll have an optional refreshment stop at the historic Carbonado Saloon, which dates back to the 1800s and has both good food and historic exhibits and decor.  Participants under age 21 will not be permitted to participate in that refreshment stop, due to the restrictions of state law.


Foothills Trail

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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