The Mrs. and I hit the summit of this one not too long after dawn. The views toward the Kaleetan with Chimney Rock behind were nice. I was surprised to see Mount Adams with some nice morning glow. Spent the prior evening at Mason Lake. We avoided the crowds until the hike down from the lake.
With my husband and son. Views of Hood were spectacular.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Climbed immediately after an April snowstorm. No visibility from the summit. Freak lightning bolt struck very close to the summit as we were descending.
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.
P3 up main trail down
New trail up, old trail down.
I defiantly climbed this on my own.
Quick 2fer along with Bandera.
Climbed this peak on my way out of a 2 day backpack in the area.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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).