Mileage: 4.4 miles RT
Elevation Gain/Highest: 500 ft/2423ft
Map Green Trails Monte Cristo No. 143
Favorite Eats After Hike: Wallace Falls Café
12/11/2015 The road had it’s usual potholes and some new ruts running down the sides from the recent storms, along with a few minor slides down onto the road but there was a small Toyota sedan in the parking lot so it must be good for most vehicles.
The trail from the TH to the bridge had about 5-6 downed trees and root balls that had dislodged sections of trail but nothing that couldn’t be navigated over or under without straying from the trail. It looks like most of the damage is from 11/18 because there were boot paths around a good portion of the trees from folks not practicing LNT and going well around each obstacle. I always love a hike with a full body workout; lots of opportunity for squats, planks, presses and crawls.
From the bridge (which looks like it took a hit on one end) to the lake the trees across the trail increase, more root balls dangling and a major rock washout right before you get to the lake. I passed two hikers on their way out who asked me if I was heading to the lake or to the parking lot. They had disoriented themselves going around trees on the trail, I guess.
There was no ice on the lake and Baring had a light dusting of snow. Starting to my way around the lake, I stopped a short ways in because it was clear the trail was covered by a forest pick-up-sticks game and it would take me longer than I wanted to to make it up the side trail towards Eagle Lake. I noticed the first toilet sign, so I went to see if it had survived and it had. There were enough trees to make this an off trail experience but the box was easy to locate if you follow the brightly colored trail tape. I saw 3 other folks on my way out.
Directions: From Monroe, head east on US-2 to the town of Baring. Near milepost 41 and across from a convenience store, turn left (north) onto 635th Place NE. Cross the railroad tracks and continue 0.3 miles. Reach a junction and keep left on 635th Place NE for 0.1 mile. The road becomes FR-6024; continue 3.9 miles to the trailhead. Watch for potholes. There is a privy at the trailhead and parking for about 20 cars.