CHS 2 Hike - Silver Lake (Monte Cristo)

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 2 Hike - Silver Lake (Monte Cristo)

This will be a CHS hike led at a CHS 2 pace (2.0-3.0 mph) to the abandoned mining town of Monte Cristo, and up the mountain to the beautiful Silver Lake.

  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 13.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,296 ft
  • Pace: 2.0-3.0

We'll meet at the Ash Way Park & Ride at 7am, looking to be driving to the trailhead by 7:15

This is a 13 mile out and back to the Monte Cristo ghost town, and up to Silver Lake. The stats on this hike are deceiving! The hike consists of a long and flat hike up the old mining road to Monte Cristo, with almost all of the hike's elevation gain in the last 1.5 miles straight up the mountainside to Silver Lake. It will be a serious leg workout!


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

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)

Make sure to bring plenty of water-- we can filter water at the top, but water in the valley around the old mining sites should be avoided.

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