Hike to Bandera Mountain

Ira Spring Trail

Distance: 8 miles roundtrip. Elevation gain: 3400 ft. Views of Mount Rainier and Mason Lake. Bear grass and wildflowers in the spring.

This hike has unreal views of Mount Rainier. On a great clear spring day the mountain is out. It's right in your face. Its incredible. If you tackle this hike in the spring the bear grass and wildflowers are alive and blooming towards the top and it makes for some fantastic picture taking. Once at the top there is a picturesque view of Mason Lake.

You start out on Bandera Mountain/Ira Spring Trail Trailhead #1038. There is a turn off to the left towards Mason Lake - you will want to go straight to get to the top of Bandera Mountain to see the beargrass and wildflowers. It is a STEEP scramble and many people turn around if they are not prepared for the steepness. Hiking boots are required. Camping is also available at Mason Lake with a permit that needs to be redeemed before the hike and placed on your car and pack.

Getting there: Take exit 45 off of I-90 and turn north onto FR 9030. Stay left onto FR 9031. Follow it to its end and the trailhead for the Ira Spring Trail #1038. Road is one-lane gravel and dirt. GPS Coordinates: 47.4247, -121.5836

Pack List

  • Snacks
  • Hiking Boots
  • First Aid Kit
  • Lots of water
  • Lunch
  • Trekking Pole
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RT Distance 8 Miles
Elevation Gain 3400 Feet
Activities Photography, Running, Backpacking, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Lake
Scenic

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Hike

Beautiful hike. Flowers just stating to bud. No snow on trails.

Hiked 5/9/16

Wild flowers not out yet. Still some snow. Was pretty at top, but steep to get to.

First Backpack trip of the year

I backpacked to Bandera and hiked mason lake in the morning. Still quite a bit of snow in the area. Be prepared, it was a little chilly and the description is not wrong about the steepness. The views how ever are quite possibly worth the work!


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