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Monte Carlo via Middle Fork Camp

South Cascades > Mount Adams Area
45.8572, -121.5961 Map & Directions
Length
6.3 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
1860 feet
Highest Point
4040 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate/Hard
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  • Mountain views
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers

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The Monte Cristo Range just north of Willard offers quiet forest, and miles of solitary rambling. There are a myriad of ways to access this trail network, including this one, which starts in the middle of the mountains. Continue reading

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Hiking Monte Carlo via Middle Fork Camp

The Monte Cristo Range just north of Willard offers quiet forest, and miles of solitary rambling. There are a myriad of ways to access this trail network, including this one, which starts in the middle of the mountains. 

From the parking area, the Monte Carlo trail stretches north, offering hikers a long out-and-back, a short leg stretch, even a long loop hike. The 6.3 mile out-and-back hike provides a nice middle ground, without the climbing necessary from the Monto Carlo Trailhead off of Oklahoma Road. The solitude found here is nice, too, but it also means these trails see very little maintenance. Have a good map and routefinding skills if you aim to try this one out. 

Views of Mount Adams and St. Helens, even Hood are possible along this hike, and a small grove of ancient trees near Middle Fork Camp provides respite from the sun on a hot day. 

Note that the Department of Natural Resources land of this hike is a working forest, and some timber sales may affect the accessibility of this trail. 

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Monte Carlo via Middle Fork Camp

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 45.8572, -121.5961 Open in Google Maps

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From Cascade Locks, get onto Highway 14W, bound for Stevenson and Vancouver, then turn right onto Highway 141 Alt. After driving for two miles, turn left onto Highway 141 (signed for BZ Corner). Proceed another two miles and turn left onto Northwestern Lake Road. After about a half mile, arrive at a four way junction and continue straight through. Now you're on a gravel road, Road B-1000. Stay on B-1000 for 7.5 miles, then turn right onto B-1800. It's another mile and a half to the trailhead, straight ahead.

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South Cascades > Mount Adams Area

Monte Carlo (#52)

Washington State Department of Natural Resources

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Green Trails No 398 Willard

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Monte Carlo via Middle Fork Camp

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