Mason Lake via Ira Spring Memorial Trail

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Mason Lake via Ira Spring Memorial Trail is a 6.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near North Bend, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2434 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

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An Alpine Treat Above the Clouds, Great Seattle Hike Late summer days in the Seattle area often begin with a thick layer of gloomy clouds. So you can head east through the I-90 corridor, into the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, to climb above the clouds. Bandera Mountain on the western edge of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area is an excellent place to find the sun and enjoy panoramic views of glacial history written in the rocks of the Cascade Mountains. The trail up to the summit of Bendera Mountain is 3.3 miles in length (and the same distance back; total 6.6 miles) with an elevation gain of 3048 feet for a final elevation of 5256 feet (according to my GPS). The last 1.5 miles of the trail gain 1800 feet by cutting straight up the mountain on a narrow path (2 feet wide in most places), the last .5 mile gaining 1000 feet. Difficult as this last leg is, the view at the top, and the feeling of accomplishment is not to be denied. Take Interstate 90 east and get off at Exit 45 (Road No. 9030). At the stop sign, turn left, go under the freeway to Forest Service Road No. 9030. Drive about a half-mile to a road junction and continue straight about three miles on Road No. 9031 to trailhead parking and facilities, elevation about 2,300 feet. Allow about an hour drive time from Seattle. A Northwest Forest Pass is required.

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11 hours ago

Beautiful views! Challenging hike, the lake was a perfect reward.

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12 hours ago

Went on this hike today. Arrived around 8:15am and lot was already full so had to park down the road a bit. I think a lot of the cars in the lot were campers, as there were a ton of people camping at the top.
Great hike, now one of my favorites. Have views the whole way up and the lake at the end was beautiful. There were a lot of bugs so be sure to bring bug spray.

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If you want to make it a loop I would go up the old trail and down the Ira Springs trail. Look for a faint turn off to the left 20 mins into the hike. This trail is rougher with a bit of deadfall & scrambly sections. I managed to do it with my 70 & 65 year old parents who are fit but don't spend much time in the mountains. This section of the trail is fun & much less crowded than the Ira Spring trail so I do recommend if you want to make things a bit more 'adventurous'. Nice Alpine lake & Awesome views of Rainier if it's nice out.

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8 days ago

Map is wrong (just go out and back on the bottom trail) and gravel road for a few miles to get to the trailhead, but otherwise great hike. Definitely hard to get to the summit but you could go straight to the lake for a moderate hike. Awesome views and nice diversity of trails/views/surroundings. Fairly busy on a Sunday. Would definitely recommend!

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