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Monte Carlo, WA | Sep 2022

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Decent, workable
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Decent, workable
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Monte Carlo is a nice trail to an open summit near Underwood, WA. This appears to be the shortest and easiest way to Monte Carlo - a hike of less than a mile and about 800 feet gain. 

From Highway 14, take 141A 4.1 miles to Nestor Peak Road, then 6.3 miles north on B-1000 (AKA, Nestor Peak Road), then sharp right onto B-1500 for 1.0 miles, and right onto an unnamed road (B-1500?) for 1.4 miles. The roads all appear to be Priusable. The trailhead is unsigned and Very Obscure (near 45.8694 -121.5794). There may be a slightly wider spot to park nearby. From here, the Monte Carlo summit is about 0.8 miles to the east on a sometimes steep trail.

The summit has a large 'meadow' surrounded by trees for antennas. There could be 2m FM coveage into Portland/Vancouver, but you'll need a good antenna and to be spotted. 



Monte Carlo and Monte Cristo Range HP could be two summits to do as a 7.4 mile, 2300 foot net gain traverse with two parties and a vehicle exchange.  You could also just drive around to each short trail - but you'd miss the lovely ridge walks of the Monte Carlo / Monte Cristo trails. 

Trail #52 Monte Carlo
Trail #53 Monte Cristo

Buck Creek Trail Map - DNR (includes entirety of the traverse)



Monte Carlo Trail at summit
Monte Carlo operating