Mileage: 2.8 miles RT
Elevation Gain/Highest: 1425ft/5587ft
Map: Green Trails Monte Cristo 143
8/25/2015 Took my niece for a short but sweet hike. And yes, the road to get here is pretty sketchy. I can see why it closes often for washouts. Not for the faint of heart. The views from the top included the wildfires in Okanogan, my niece commented that it looked like something had exploded. We went past the lookout on the ridge a bit and swung in the hammock for awhile. It was just the right distance and payoff for a 6 year old to enjoy. And the trail mix and pizza after bribe didn’t hurt either.
Directions: Drive east on highway 2 from Monroe for 33 miles and just past Skykomish turn left onto the Beckler River Road (FR65). Go about 12.5 miles to a five-way intersection (the road becomes gravel at 7 miles). You went too far if you cross a bridge. Take the most right hand road signed Forest Road 6550, and proceed one mile to another intersection. Turn left, and drive to the trailhead, 9.5 miles along, at the end of the road.
For more hikes along HWY2, click HERE.