Monte Carlo Tr52 ascends through second-growth and old-growth forests, crossing several roads before climbing the ridge overlooking Holmes Creek and the White Salmon drainage.
The trail then passes through old-growth Douglas fir and several burned areas before reaching Monte Carlo Ridge, with views of the Little Salmon drainage and surrounding peaks.
Monte Carlo Tr52 connects with Buck Creek Trail, although the Buck Creek ride profile is better when using the lower TH.
The ride could start from the Middle Fork Campground, accessed from the Buck Creek side of the mountain.
This would avoid the steep 2mi climb at the beginning of the ride, with the remaining ride as an OAB to the top of Monte Cristo Tr53.
Monte Cristo Tr53 is an extension of the Monte Carlo Tr52 ride, climbing a sparsely forested ridge to Monte Cristo Mountain, with views of the Little White Salmon drainage and passing by an old lookout site.
FR1800 can be used to create a loop, or as a shuttle option.
The upper Monte Cristo Tr53 TH is just off of FR8600, but is not worth the extra drive.
Monte Carlo Trail 52, Monte Cristo Trail 53
Little Huckleberry Mountain Trail 49
Oklahoma Campground, Middle Fork Campground, Moss Creek Campground, Peterson Prairie Campground, Trout Lake Campground
Ranking consistently applied to all of the listed trails.