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
2312 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

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lake

river

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wild flowers

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rocky

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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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hard but worth it.

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There was not any snow at all this weekend.

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Lots of snow/packed ice. Come prepared.

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2 months ago

Love this hike. Perfect swimming lake. Bring friends.

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2 months 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.

2 months ago

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