Enjoy a peaceful river walk and nicely graded switchbacks on the way to Bald Eagle Mountain. Views of Monte Cristo and surrounds will be the reward for your efforts.
There is more than one way to access the trail to Bald Eagle Mountain. The following description assumes you are starting from the Quartz Creek trailhead.
The trail follows pretty Quartz Creek, a long, gentle uphill. You will hear the creek but never quite see it. A beautiful waterfall (and creek crossing) at about two miles may require you to remove your boots unless you don't mind wet socks.
At about four miles, reach Curry Gap which consists of a wide, flat meadow with multiple camping opportunities. There are a number of water sources nearby. Fill up on water here if traveling in late summer or during a dry season.
Turn left (uphill) up the switchbacks to Bald Eagle Mountain. Along the way, you will see multiple views of Monte Cristo and surrounds, which comes increasingly into view as you ascend. There are a couple of creeks along the way which may be seasonal.
Attain the ridge just shortly before Bald Eagle Mountain. Campsites are scarce and the trail crosses several avalanche shoots. Meander along the ridge before heading down towards a pond; then up again steadily for about 2 miles. An established campsite can be found here, about 9 miles from the trailhead.
From here continue across two large, scenic meadows past June Mountain, to Dishpan Gap and then out the N Fork Skykomish trail for a complete loop.