Monte Carlo Tr52 to Monte Cristo Tr53

3D view of Monte Carlo Trail #52

Overall: 7

Aerobic: 6

Technical: 6

Steepness: 7

Flow: 6

Singletrack: 98%

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.




Avg: 15mi



Elevation Change

Avg Ascent:5100'

Ascent Incline



Avg: 3hr





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.

Directions: From Cook, WA, go 14.2mi on FR1800, past the Oklahoma Campground to FR752. Either park at the CG or go right onto FR752 and go .2mi to the TH. View Larger Map. No Map?.

Monte Carlo, Monte Cristo Trail #52 Topo Map

Loop Directions

intense climb

Monte Carlo Area Topo Map

  • TH: The first 2mi are the toughest, ascending 1800' to the upper Buck Creek TH and Middle Fork CG.
  • 2.6mi: Pass the Middle Fork CG and ascend to the Monte Carlo summit.
  • 4.4mi: At the Monte Carlo Mountain summit, pass the second Buck Cr intersection, ride along a ridge, then enjoy the steep descent to Monte Cristo Tr53.
  • 5.9mi: Go right onto Monte Cristo Tr53 and climb 1000' to the top of Monte Cristo Mt, then ride along the Monte Cristo range to FR080.
  • 8.9mi: Reach FR080 and ride Monte Cristo to the lower TH, passing the Monte Carlo Tr52 intersection then descending another 1000' to FR1800.
  • 12.8mi: Reach the lower Monte Cristo TH at FR1800 and ride back to the Monte Carlo TH.



Trail Index

This Ride

Monte Carlo Trail 52, Monte Cristo Trail 53


Little Huckleberry Mountain Trail 49

XC Ski

Atkisson SnoPark


Oklahoma Campground, Middle Fork Campground, Moss Creek Campground, Peterson Prairie Campground, Trout Lake Campground


Trail Rankings

Ranking consistently applied to all of the listed trails.

  • Overall Rating: Ride quality and challenge
  • Aerobic: Ascent challenge
  • Technical Difficulty: Terrain challenge
  • Steepness: Average incline
  • Flow: Uninterrupted riding
  • Elevation Change: Total elevation gain
  • Ride Difficulty: Terrain challenge






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