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.
Gack! It took me three tries to get to the true summit of Bandera. But I made it.
great wildflower blooms on the meadow slopes. west summit offers better views than the true summit.
Good hike up until the bug fest once I started up the boot path off of the Ira Spring trail. Still nice views.
As full as the lot at Ira Spring TH was, I expected to see more folks on the trail, but I had a very pleasantly lonely hike. It was sunny in Seattle, but it started to sprinkle on me about an hour up. At least it waited to really pour until I was almost back at the car. This looks like it would be a fun snowshoe trip in the winter.
Summited the West peak after work. Nice gissades on the drop, and a great sunset to top it off.
The Beargrass was in full bloom and views were excellent.
Little, Big, True, False... And points between... Did them all. Snowy ridge walk, bushwacking, boulder hoping, tree wells, dense fog and pouring rain.
2hr to little b, .75hr to Big B... 1.5hr from Big B to car.
The route was snowy and the winds were blazing!!!!
Beautiful sunny day. The steepness after the trail splits off surprised us, but was fun nonetheless. The views of the lakes and Defiance and tons of other mtns was absolutely great. Made it to the true summit where we didn't see anyone else, or even any footprints. Grazed on huckleberries between the false summit and the true summit.
The road is all cleaned up now and you can park at the TH again.
As with most mountains in this area, the views were amazing. The trail to the Mason Lake junction is ridiculously easy, it gets fun after that point.
As of today, the road to the TH is funky in five places, three of which are currently marked with construction sandwich board signs and tape. The final washout on the road is pretty good, but anyone with a four wheel drive and some clearance should have no issues getting to the TH.
with Eask King
the new trail makes it a lot easier now.
Standard route up
Cloudy and foggy. It is amazing how many people stop at the false summit or "Little Bandera"
I finally made it all the way to the true summit! A fun trip on a beautiful day when the weather predictions were clouds and rain. The snow slopes down from the ridge were the perfect angle and softness for excelent foot glissades.
This trip served to refresh my memory about the miseries of hiking in the rain.