Monte Cristo, Glacier Basin, Silver Lake & Twin Lakes


Day Hike - Glacier Basin (Monte Cristo)

Take a hike through some of Washington's mining history and spectacular mountain scenery.

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  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 12.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,500 ft
  • Pace: Fast on the road, moderate on the trip to Glacier Basin

0600 at Brightwater in Woodinville.

Monte Cristo's riches are of the geologic and scenic variety.

The road must be walked 4 miles to the Monte Cristo townsite. There is one creek crossing that is usually on a big log across the creek.  Trip is listed as strenuous/challenging because the last 2 miles of trail to Glacier Basin is rough, rocky and a bit scrambly in places. No ice axe or helmet needed, but you'll probably use your hands. If you've done the nearby Gothic Basin or Walt Bailey trails it's in those veins.



Monte Cristo, Glacier Basin, Silver Lake & Twin Lakes

  • Green Trails Monte Cristo No. 143

    Green Trails Sloan Peak No. 111

    Green Trails Mountain Loop Highway No. 111SX
  • See full route/place details.
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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