|Sign from the Monte Cristo Lodge|
A Map of the Monte Cristo Area
The Mountain Loop Highway is paved for about 34 miles past Granite Falls. Where the pavement ends there is a parking lot and the Barlow Pass Trailhead. A Forest Service Recreation Pass is required to park in this lot.
|Barlow Pass Trailhead|
|The Road to Monte Cristo|
The road was at one time a railway bed that follows the south fork of the Sauk River.
|Tim the border collie enjoys some scents along the trail|
|Spooky Trees on the trail to Monte Cristo|
|Devil's Club (Oplopanax horridus)|
|Amanita Mushroom in the Cascade Mountains of the Pacific Northwest|
Since the bridge was washed out, the only way to cross to the other side of the cold, deep river was by using this huge old fallen tree. I was concerned that Tim might have trouble scrambling up and through the roots to get on the log, but I should have known that although he was about 9 years old - he's a border collie and extremely agile. This is one reason I would NOT recommend this hike for anyone with mobility issues, dogs that are not athletic or families with young children. Although the trail may be improved when/if it is reopened, the area has a long history of floods washing out bridges and rebuilding them is not always in the budget.
|Tracks from an old railway|
|Weden House Railway Station|
A plaque marks the former site of Weden House, a station on the Everett & Monte Cristo Railway. Several of the mines also used buildings on the site as their headquarters and warehouse. From near here a 7000 foot long tram brought ore from mines in nearby Gothic Basin to the train.
|Privately-owned Cabins along the trail to Monte Cristo|
|Monte Cristo Townsite|
|Bridge over the Sauk River South Fork at Monte Cristo|
|Signs at the Entrance to Monte Cristo|
|Monte Cristo Picnic Area|
Some of the cabins were still in use by the forest service and volunteers who served as town hosts in the summer.
|Old Railway Turntable in Monte Cristo, WA|
|Old Railroad Parts in Monte Cristo, WA|
|Information Board About the History of Monte Cristo|
Or there are numerous articles about Monte Cristo on the Washingont History Link.org website.
|Border Collie, Tim in front of the "Poodle Dog Pass" Trail Sign|
|Old Cabin in Monte Cristo, WA|
|Rugged Peaks Along the South Fork of the Sauk River|
|South Fork of the Sauk River - Snohomish County, WA|
|Sunshine in the Valley of the South Fork Sauk River|