Mason Lake via Ira Spring Memorial Trail

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Mason Lake via Ira Spring Memorial Trail is a 6.7 mile moderately 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
6.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2454 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

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lake

river

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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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2 days ago

Lots of snow/packed ice. Come prepared.

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20 days ago

Love this hike. Perfect swimming lake. Bring friends.

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22 days ago

Did the loop on the map clockwise (many comments here are not for the loop and should be going in the 'Mason Lake' trail).
The old trail portion is not easy as it's very steep and narrow at times but it makes for a nice little adventure. While the main trail was busy on the way down, we didn't see a single person on the old trail. There is no sign at the start of the old trail and it's easy to miss it and having alltrails on the phone was useful to find it. Nice view of Mount Rainier on the way down.

22 days ago

Path was a bit steep in the beginning but was wide and not rocky.
View at the top was amazing

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1 month ago

Great trail for conditioning. I am an intermediate hiker so this was a good challenge with the elevation gain. Pretty lake at the end as a reward!

trail running
1 month ago

excellent for trail running. gets hard but not too hard. good alternative to bandera for your dog. was INSANELY crowded when i left, so hike early

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1 month ago

Good hike! Was hazy/smoky on the way up from nearby forest fires - around 8:45AM. Some steep parts but not too bad. Lake was beautiful.

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1 month ago

Great hike. Got there just before 8am on Labor Day weekend, and car park was already busy, so an early start is a good move. The outward part is certainly a strenuous couple of hours as the incline is relentless and you're doing over 2000ft of ascent in less than two hours. But the path is good and the views wonderful. Mason Lake is a peaceful reward and a nice place for a snack. We saw Rainier shrouded in cloud at the top. IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT THE RETURN: we decided to do the loop, and as others have reported it's hard to find. In fact it doesn't even appear on the map on the trailhead, so I wouldn't have known about it without AllTrails. But if you trust your phone's GPS and the AllTrails app, you'll find it, although it doesn't look like a real trail as it's blocked by a fallen tree. It's as if they don't want you to take it. For the first 20 mins or so of the descent you might wonder if you made the right decision, as almost noone else is on this part of the trail (because they don't know it's there!) and there is a bunch of steep clambering over roots and then negotiating a small boulder field. Poles were useful. But then the path changes to soft moss underfoot and you have a great hour descending down the river valley through stunning old growth forest with the sound of the stream and waterfalls. Eventually after some steep but easy switchbacks it rejoins the Ira Spring trail for the last mile or so back to the car park. It's quite lovely and I wouldn't have missed it. Sorry so many people don't do it because it's not signed or visible.

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