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Curtissimoup July 2000  Sucess!

Curtissimo

by myself but blocked for a time from summit by an aggressive doe!
Posted Dec 20, 2008 4:55 pm

EastKingVia Mason Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 26, 2008

EastKing

Great peak with good views. Cheack out the TR
Posted Oct 28, 2008 1:50 am

Dan WinterOld Trail Approach  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2000

Dan Winter

Beautiful warm autum day. Nice colors and wonderful sweet smell of huckleberries in the wind.
Posted Apr 30, 2008 1:33 am

larryNOld trail is in good shape  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2007

larryN

We took the old Mason Creek trail and found it to be in good shape. Also, the final trail up the SW ridge is in great shape for a climbers' trail. I think Redwic may have gone up an earlier trail that we considered using. Here's our route.
Posted Sep 24, 2007 12:12 am

RedwicA Great Workout!!!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2007

Redwic

I took the "old trail" from Mason Lake to Little Mason Lake, then used my GPS to determine the best route through the forest to the Mount Defiance Trail. The slope leading to the summit is STEEP; I chose to go down the slope via the groundcover bushes rather than the "trail". The fog all around the mountain, including the summit & lakes, was THICK. I took the "newer" Mason Lake Trail on the way back.
Posted Sep 15, 2007 4:51 pm

nodbodSkippitty Doo Dah  Sucess!

nodbod

I sprained my ankle on Defiance! Trail ran the way down. Watch the roots. Probably one of the best hikes on the 90 corridor. Nice open trail, lake and traverse, short steep stint to the top!
Posted Jan 19, 2007 10:53 pm

KrylonDefiance Scramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2005

Krylon

Took the backside scramble route up. A really nice day out.
Posted Nov 27, 2006 11:27 pm

agreenstreetRoute Climbed: Mt. Defiance Trail via Mason Lake Date Climbed: August 27, 2006  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2006

agreenstreet

Did a quick climb after work. Really nice day, although quite hot. I saw a bear at Mason Lake, surprising considering the amount of people in that area, especially on a sunday. I tried to get a picture but it ran away, I guess thats a good thing. Great views from the top, Mt. Rainier was almost completely obscured by smoke from the fires in that area.
Posted Aug 28, 2006 6:19 am

Brian MasseyRoute Climbed: From Mason Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2006

Brian Massey

Quick overnight outing... Spent an amazing night under the stars at Mason Lake. Then, a quick trip up the ridge, through the meadows (still a few wildflowers in bloom) and then up the steep final slopes to the summit. All alone for hours to enjoy the amazing views of the surrounding peaks and wilderness area. Even time for a bit of a nap. Back down to the car, and home in time for lunch.
Posted Aug 22, 2006 7:05 pm

supermarmotnice views  Sucess!

supermarmot

really great views for the effort. did a quick jaunt up on the way back from thompson lake.
Posted Jul 22, 2006 6:31 am

gimpilatorRain, Snow, and tree melt-off  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 9, 2006

gimpilator

Nasty weather today but we were determined (OSAT). We made use of the super-secret goat trail that veers off to the left at 3000 feet on the Mason lake trail. This route proved to be more direct. Not much of a view at the top.
Posted Apr 10, 2006 2:39 am

magellanRoute Climbed: From West Defiance Date Climbed: May 7, 2005  Sucess!

magellan

Looking for a trifecta, of peaks that is. Well, I got two. Only one other car in the lot at 8:00 am. Left the TH and stayed straight at the big bend in the road/trail. Sure enough, good trail takes off west. Eventually it started up. This ‘way trail’ is as built and maintained as they come. About 3500’ the party ended. After battling some bushes, I crossed the bottom of a talus slope. See another good trail heading east and down, wonder where it came from, and then follow pink flagging up. More sketchy path across another talus field. Break out of the trees and about 4500’ the path is gone for good. Just pick your way mostly straight up. The rib became more prominent, and it led directly to West Defiance. I was now in heavy clouds again. A cool mist could not muffle the sound of many gunshots from the valley below. As I followed the ridge east, the fog lifted. Slippery granite was a new experience for me. I dropped 500’ to Defiance Pass and then headed up Mt Defiance west side. There are many times when the path is not apparent, but if you can read a map, the way is obvious. I topped out in time for more mist. It was only wet on the peaks. Due to time constraints, Bandera was not to be. Some well booted snow and mud on the way down to Mason Lake. I thought about taking the old Mason Creek trail down. Instead, I checked the new trail, just to see what it was like. Long, hard and meandering. I don’t know if it will ever recover from all the trekking pole wounds it has. The upper part of Bandera does not appear to have been upgraded. These three go well together, with the bonus of starting and ending at the same place.

Loop: 9 miles, cumulative gain 4000’, five hours car to car. Add 800’,1 mile, and one hour to include Bandera.

Posted Sep 7, 2005 12:01 am

runnerodb83Route Climbed: Mason Lake Approach Date Climbed: July 14th 2004  Sucess!
Great views
Posted Sep 5, 2005 11:49 pm

gimpilatorRoute Climbed: Mason Lake trail Date Climbed: July 2005  Sucess!

gimpilator

Too cloudy for the view but a fun hike all the same. Nice wildflowers on top. I summited Bandera later in the afternoon which is the next mountain over.
Posted Jul 26, 2005 2:11 pm

lidijagrazulisRoute Climbed: Mason Lake Date Climbed: 5/14/05  Sucess!

lidijagrazulis

Cloudy day, not much of a view, but a great early season conditioner and a wonderful hike!
Posted May 15, 2005 1:17 am

sixsigmafoolRoute Climbed: Mason Lake Date Climbed: November 9, 2003  Sucess!
An excellent day for climbing in the Cascades! Weather was cool and dry. Left the trailhead at 7:50, arriving at the summit 2:45 later. Took the old trail up. It is in pretty good shape, with a number of logs across the trail. A nice interesting hike in the woods. The last leg up to the summit is not well marked, and it is easy to turn off the trail too soon. Wait until you reach a distinct vertical ridge before turning right. No snow to speak of. Returned on the new trail, and was tempted to scoot up to Bandera. Great weather, great company, okay views.

Posted Nov 13, 2003 2:13 pm

RStokesRoute Climbed: Mt. Defiance trail via Mason Lake Date Climbed: October 15, 2002  Sucess!

RStokes

Went up the shorter Mason Lake trail approach on a mostly sunny day in the Cascades. As opposed to the weekend, few parties were encountered and enjoyed the summit to myself on this Tuesday. Good views of the area including Mt. Rainier, McClellan Butte, Kaleetan and Chair Peaks.
Posted Jan 14, 2003 11:10 pm

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