3rd of a 3-summit day with P3 & Defiance.
Did not traverse to the true summit; it was late in the day and I was looking to descend. (Speaking of descents, that stretch down the spur was unpleasant.)
Snow-free almost the entire way, with some patches left towards the top.
Highly recommend checking out Mason Lake; you are already most of the way there.
Finished on the Ira Springs Trail to close the loop.
A very cloudy day. The trail up Bandera is super steep for a brief bit, difficult but so short it's over before you know it. Didn't head over to the true summit...it didn't seem worth it given the very cloudy weather we had.
It was an overcast fall day, but the clouds were high enough to see the surrounding peaks. This one didn't have a lot of appeal for me, probably a one and done. Plenty nearby with better trail and better views for similar effort.
Go all the way to the true summit, you are so close! Hiked up with Maddie in an hour and 45 minutes. The incline after the fork towards Mason lake is intense, but short. Once on the ridge,it was an easy walk/easy boulder hop to the true summit. Not super exciting, but a great workout.
I forgot this one but thought I would not that it's a great short hike for good exercise. I did it quite a few times in the Fall of 2011 and took my 50 lb pack to train for climbing Mt. Aconcagua. Very pretty views of the mountains and the valley below! That last part is steep and up an open area so could be hot in the sun.
I forgot to log this ascent, and only realized it when it showed on SP's "Suggested Mountains" page. lol
Good views from false summit, not so much from true summit.
The last part is killer on the legs
Decent views from the top. Bear grass in full bloom. However, not my favorite hike. Needed blood transfusion after the mosquito onslaught at the top. Also, the dirt road in to the TH is one of the worst I've been on. Could be a good snow climb though, be back in winter.
Stair-stepped to the top! :)Bear grass, mountain pussy toes, turk's cap lily ... wildflowers and more wildflowers.
Encountered a few patches of snow. Cloudy when we arrived at the summit so no views
Easier to see the trail coming back. Stick to the S. side.
Great day for a 2fer along with Defiance.
Gorgeous day for a hike! Enjoyed the skyward scramble and scenic ridgewalk! Great early season conditioner with views!
Hit up little Bandera w/ridgewalk in the snow
As if I wasn't into it the last time I hiked up here, another friend who actually had never even hiked wanted to come up here. Well, ok I guess. Stopped at the false summit, which everyone pretty much calls the summit anyway. Don't think I'll ever be back- there are too many other places to go- but if you've never been, it's a great place to visit.
I've been up here so much, it's starting to feel like Si to me. Took two friends who had never been there.
Managed to squeeze this hike into a trip to Seattle for a job interview, thanks to friends who live nearby. I got the job, and am stoked to have a chance now to really explore the Cascades etc.
Cloudy, no views. But a good start to the season.
Starting out as a Michigan backpacker, the elevation change around here is new. Bandera was a good hike to get acclimated to WA mountain weather. Summit was in the clouds so we couldn't see anything from the top, but the trail was well marked so it wasn't a problem.
Trail's in good shape. No snow until just below the false summit.
On the way to Mason Lake so we headed up and over Bandera and down the north side, around Island Lake to Mason and then down the freeway sized trail.