Trails for everyone, forever

Home Go Hiking Hiking Guide Monte Cristo

Monte Cristo

South Cascades


South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area
View map below


5.0 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 4177 ft.


4.50 out of 5

(4 votes) Log in to rate

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass

Like its neighbor, the nearby Monte Carlo trail, the 4.1 mile-long Monte Cristo trail ventures into the small Monte Cristo range in the south Cascades outside of Willard. From it, hikers see a myriad of wildflowers in the spring, and the occasional views of the south Cascade range. 

Beginning from the upper trailhead, the trail weaves east and then south, traversing hillsides stocked with a multitude of wildflowers, and eventually following lightly forested ridgeline to Monte Cristo Mountain. As you climb, you'll see lovely views of the Little White Salmon drainage, until you reach the summit where there is evidence of an old fire lookout that was built in the 1930s.

The trail then drops down to meet the Monte Carlo Trail. There is an option to continue quite a ways further; more than 7 more miles on the Monte Carlo trail. A variety of exits exist along the way but there are no loop options. Be sure to make time to come back the way you came up.


Monte Cristo

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 45.8919, -121.5741 Open map in new window


South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

Monte Cristo (#53)

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mount Adams Ranger District

See weather forecast

Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: South Cascades (Mountaineers - Nelson)

Buy the Green Trail Willard No. 398 map

Getting There

From Trout Lake, take State Highway 141 north for 3.8 miles. Turn left on Forest Road 86 and follow for about 5 miles to Forest Road 86-080 and the trailhead.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass

You can improve or add to this guidebook entry

Monte Cristo

5 Trip Reports

Hiked here recently?

Submit a trip report!
Trip Reports