Glacier Basin Trail #719

Explore this often overlooked alpine cirque complete with waterfalls, wildflowers and relics of Monte Cristo’s mining past.
Total Distance: 13.0 miles
Total Ascent: 2200ft
Highest Point: 4400ft
Difficulty: Hard
Our Hiking Time: 7h
Required Permit: Northwest Forest Pass
To get there, take I-5 North to Exit 194. Follow Highway 2 for about two miles. Stay in the left lane and merge onto Lake Stevens Highway 204. Follow for two miles to Highway 9. Take the left onto Highway 9 toward Lake Stevens. In just under two miles, you’ll reach Highway 92 to Granite Falls. Take a right and follow for about nine miles to the Mountain Loop Highway. Take the MLH for 31 miles to Barlow Pass. Park and find the gated Monte Cristo Road on the right side of the road, opposite the trailhead parking lot. View Google Directions >>
This is not an easy hike, and it is likely a little too long for most day hikers. Some of the distance can be removed by biking to Monte Cristo, but hauling your bike across the South Fork Sauk River isn’t for everyone. However, this does make for a decent weekend backpacking trip, and you’re unlikely to meet too many other folks on this less-traveled trail.

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