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Monte Carlo

Southwest Washington


Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA
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10.0 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 2560 ft.
Highest Point: 3360 ft.


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Northwest Forest Pass

Get a good workout on this trail that climbs to a summit with views of the south Cascade range. Continue on from the viewpoint to make it a longer hike, continuing down into deep forest to the south trailhead. 

The Monte Cristo Range in the southeast corner of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest is a hidden gem. Bordering Washington DNR land to the east, the Monte Cristos encircle the headwaters of the Little White Salmon River on the west and overlook the White Salmon River valley to the east. It is a transition zone between westside and eastside forests, biologically rich with a diversity of wildflowers.

From the parking area, the trail climbs steeply through woods for about a half-mile before reaching the first flower-filled meadow and a view of Mount Hood to the south. Switchback up and back into the woods before emerging on the summit ridge and merging with an old jeep track (long closed to vehicles). Head north for about a mile through meadows and woods to a view of Mount Adams to the northeast. The top of Mount St. Helens is visible above Little Huckleberry Mountain to the west. 

The trail then plunges steeply down (about 800 feet of elevation loss) to a north trailhead on Forest Road 1840 that is also the south trailhead for the Monte Cristo Trail.


Monte Carlo

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Co-ordinates: 45.8912, -121.5909 Open map in new window


Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

Monte Carlo (#52)

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mount Adams Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: South Cascades (Mountaineers - Nelson)

Green Trails No. 398 Willard

Washington DNR Buck Creek Trail System and Vicinity

Getting There

From Stevenson, drive east on Highway 14 to Cook. Take a left on County Road 1000 (Cook-Underwood Road) and head northeast for about 5 miles. Go left on Willard Road at the hatchery and pass through the town of Willard. Continue straight on Forest Road 18 (Oklahoma Road) and continue on it for about 8 miles to the trailhead across from Oklahoma Campground entrance.

There is an upper trailhead available, too, though it is a different hike than the one described above. Take Highway 14 east from Carson to Cook-Underwood Road, to Willard Road, to Oklahoma Road/Forest Road 18. Take Forest Road 1840 to spur road 1840-100. This shaves off about 1.4 miles of hiking roundtrip.

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Northwest Forest Pass

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