Bandera Mountain Summit

HARD 70 reviews

Bandera Mountain Summit is a 6.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Snoqualmie Pass, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3001 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

Take I-90 east. Exit 45. Turn left. Follow the Forest Road for ~3miles. Road is gravel but there is a parking lot, at the trailhead, with video-surveillance. Recreation Pass required.

hiking
5 days ago

Nice hike great views, last mile or so is a little challenging if you’re not a regular hiker but well worth it.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful, last mile is brutal and worth it!

hiking
7 months ago

It's hard to rate the trail when the coolest part was enveloped in thick fog. I'll be redoing this hike in a clear summer day next year. As of this morning, the last half mile of trail to the summit is covered in snow. When the trail splits off to the summit or Mason lake, it's very wet, slippery slush. As I got higher, it was a winter wonderland. Beautiful, but scary when your scrambling over huge shards of rock. I was worried about post holing, but kept to the footprints and was fine. Bring gloves! You'll be using your hands on snow. Microspikes would have been nice too.

7 months ago

Good hike

hiking
7 months ago

This was nice, but I prefer forking Left and going to Mason Lake and Mt. Defiance. We went in light October snow and were very glad to have micro spikes and hiking poles because it was so slippery.

8 months ago

Beautiful views...almost reminds me of mail box ..a must...loved feeding the

hiking
9 months ago

Great hard hike and the views are very amazing lots of water is recommended

9 months ago

Tough hike but very self satisfying, bring lots of water, bugs were moderate

9 months ago

One of the most well kept trails I've ever hiked here in Washington. Gradual elevation change most of the way until like the last half mile. great views from the top from both sides.

9 months ago

What a great view at the summit! But!! It's very very challenging hike.

9 months ago

Check it off the list. Great views of Mt Rainier, McClellan Butte, Mt. Defiance and Mason Lake. Harder than Mt. Si because hiking up the last mile is super steep and rocky. I'm not usually afraid of heights but this one was a little stressful ;) Lots of bugs at the top, including butterflies :)

hiking
10 months ago

Best hike ever! Hard but worth it!

hiking
10 months ago

10 months ago

Very steep--if you are already up there, I would suggest doing Defiance Peak or Mason Lake instead! They both have better views (in my opinion) and are less steep.

hiking
10 months ago

This is a past review so it doesnt reflect current trail conditions. This hike is a four star hike as there is so much noise from I-90. There are great views and its a fun hike if you bring enough water on a hot day. At a certain point your views diminish if you continue to the true high point. I am not a fan of some of the hikes in this area due to traffic noise.

hiking
10 months ago

Amazing views! Amazing wildflowers! Be sure to go early before the sun is high. Not only will you stay cooler, but the wildflowers just glow in that morning sunrise.
It's a bit exhausting getting up the boulders, but well worth it. Almost everyone stopped at the false summit, so my friend and I had the summit all to ourselves. The trail was a little difficult to follow after the false summit as there was a bit of snow, but definitely not impassable. Made it just fine with hiking boots.
The roughest part was coming down. I found myself wishing I had brought trekking poles for my knees.

10 months ago

The climb from the junction with the Ira Spring trail justifies the "hard" rating, but the views and the wildflowers make it worthwhile!

hiking
11 months ago

There is basically no snow left on the trail. Nice view of Mt. Rainier but beside that nothing special. Very mellow hike with steep incline at the end.

11 months ago

This hike was awesome. The trailhead was easy to find. Parking was easy. The hike starts of nice and easy and gets harder as you make your way up. After you split off to go to Bandera Mountain at the top, it gets much more difficult. Be prepared to get dirty climbing rocks. The view while climbing is breathtaking. Overall the hike was great!

hiking
Saturday, December 03, 2016

Great views

hiking
Sunday, September 25, 2016

Note: The map application calculates the total to 6.6 Miles. But that is incorrect. The tails is ~8 Miles out and back.

The first 2.8 Miles are relatively easy. The last ~1 Mile is an incline and moderate to difficult depending on your experience and stamina.

Great views.

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