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seanoVia Mason Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2016

seano

Quick AM jaunt on a cloudy day with occasional nice views. It's too bad you have to listen to interstate traffic up the whole first climb.
Posted Jul 8, 2016 4:04 pm

SouthernYokelVia Mason Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2016

SouthernYokel

Hit it way early to get ahead of the Disney lines on the Mason Lake trail. We were above the clouds on the summit. Good little half day hike.
Posted Jun 16, 2016 2:35 am

Ian CulhaneThrough the blizzard
Date Climbed: Dec 6, 2015
Date is approximate. After a few members of the climbing club bailed on our Mount Si trip, the three of us that were left decided to try something a bit more adventurous. And a quick visit over to Franklin Falls, we hit the Ira Springs Trail starting about 11:00. Encountered snow after about a mile; lake was completely frozen over. Past the lake the snow got quite powdery, which made it pretty difficult. We made it to within about 1/4 of a mile of the summit before calling it a day; the wind was blowing ice into our faces, which were already frozen from the cold. Booked it back down to the car; make sure you know the route if you do this in snowy conditions (We took one wrong turn near the lake but realized our mistake after about 1000'). Reached the car soaked but happy to be alive. If you find a GoPro Hero 3+ or a pair of regular glasses, somehow in our hurry we managed to lose both on the decent.
Posted Jun 10, 2016 2:06 pm

awilsondcIra Spring Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 30, 2016

awilsondc

Another one to check off the list. It was ok. Went early and made it up in a hair over 2 hours. Down was a little quicker. Made the mistake of going on memorial day and the trailhead was so crowded people were parking on the side of the road a mile from the trailhead turning the road into a one lane road. Imagine people trying to get to the trailhead and some trying to leave it on a one lane road. It sucked.
Posted May 30, 2016 11:38 pm

DundeelPost Bandera  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2015

Dundeel

Did Defiance after Bandera. Low clouds on Bandera faded away for some decent views on Defiance but then big black clouds and thunder rolled in from the west. Heavy rain on the way back to the car.
Posted Sep 6, 2015 1:09 pm

BooRadleySnow at Defiance  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 25, 2015

BooRadley

Climbed immediately after an April snowstorm. No visibility from the summit. Freak lightning bolt struck very close to the summit as we were descending.
Posted Jul 20, 2015 10:47 pm

WalkoutnowWeather bubble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 9, 2015

Walkoutnow

A couple feet of snow from Mason lake on up. Started out a blue-bird day, then nasty storms developed all around us. Somehow, not a single drop fell upon us until we got back to the truck. A blessed day all around. Great summit.
Posted Apr 10, 2015 1:27 pm

Euphoniayep  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 10, 2013

Euphonia

P3 up main trail down
Posted Dec 22, 2014 4:44 pm

Boonie1Mount Defiance  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2014

Boonie1

New trail up, old trail down.
Posted Aug 24, 2014 12:26 am

Snidely WhiplashTrail Approach  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2009

Snidely Whiplash

I defiantly climbed this on my own.
Posted Nov 11, 2013 12:22 am

kevinsaMount Defiance  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 18, 2013

kevinsa

Quick 2fer along with Bandera.
Posted Oct 18, 2013 3:54 pm

bcory2003Climbed it  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2012

bcory2003

Climbed this peak on my way out of a 2 day backpack in the area.
Posted Sep 16, 2013 2:39 pm

pingzingrGood day hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2013

pingzingr

Nice relaxing day hike. A little bit cloudy so prevented the great views of Rainier, Baker and the Enchantments but still caught a glimpse or two of Seattle down I-90.
Posted Aug 18, 2013 4:25 pm

WeatherManTNAB  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2013

WeatherMan

Easy but long grind up the hill. Got sidetracked down to Little Mason Lake, but gained the ridge on the climbers trail and enjoyed some pleasant meadow traversing before sunset. Bugs were out of control, but that's summer.
Posted Jul 26, 2013 7:27 pm

seabadgeFamily Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2013

seabadge

Went up via Ira Spring trail. Brought younger sibling and father. Summit swarming with gnats, but otherwise a beautiful day. Clear views of Rainier, Hood and Baker. Steep trail at times!
Posted Jul 15, 2013 1:49 am

Mike LewisDefying my ignorance  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2012

Mike Lewis

Way, way harder than I thought it would be.

Briefly: Exit 45 was closed due to construction. FS 9031 was closed due to helicopter lumbering. Hike to TH via P3 at Tinkham Rd. Race helicopters up the slopes to avoid getting pancaked. Got lost at Mason Lake and accidentally scrambled up SE ridge. Got sick with fever on way down. Thunder chases me down the mt.
Posted Jul 20, 2012 5:02 pm

bikejrFall Mt. Defiance Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 12, 2010

bikejr

Beautiful with the fall colors on the upper slopes. A 100% walkup although the last part is a bit steep and might be considered a bootpath.
Posted Nov 12, 2011 11:05 pm

fredzurensickTwice  Sucess!
I've summited defiance twice, once on a clear day and once on a cloudy one. On the clear day there were great views: The Olympics, Baker, Glacier Peak, Rainier, Adams, St. Helens, Hood, mayve even Whistler (Canada).
Posted Aug 4, 2011 1:54 pm

belowfellowvia Mason Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 9, 2010

belowfellow

via Old Mason Lake Trail. Great weather.
Posted Feb 16, 2011 7:21 pm

LuminousAphidCombined with P3  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2008

LuminousAphid

No. 006, personal climber's log.

Combined this with Putrid Pete's Peak to the West; easy ridge traverse from the two, which I actually had to cross twice because of a lost cell phone which I actually found.
Posted Nov 28, 2010 1:13 pm

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