Mount Defiance Climber's Log

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fredzurensick - Aug 4, 2011 1:54 pm

Twice  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).


belowfellow - Feb 16, 2011 7:21 pm Date Climbed: Feb 9, 2010

via Mason Lake  Sucess!

via Old Mason Lake Trail. Great weather.


LuminousAphid - Nov 28, 2010 1:13 pm Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2008

Combined with P3  Sucess!

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.


Arkitekt - Jul 18, 2010 1:18 am Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2009

Started Late  Sucess!

Having Hiked Bandera only a few days earlier I took a few work buddies up to hit Defiance. We hit the trailhead after work and reached the summit at at about 8-9PM and weren't back to our cars till well after dark. The headlamps came in very handy on the trail back.


DustyDeb9 - Jul 1, 2010 12:19 am Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2010

Via Talapus Trailhead  Sucess!

Rainy day, no view, at least 1/2 of the trail still under snow, the rest very muddy. Trail obvious to Rainbow Lake, then a little bit of route finding needed to get to the base of Defiance due to the snow cover. 15 mile round trip. Good conditioning hike.


Doehle - Nov 2, 2009 11:05 am Date Climbed: Oct 31, 2009

Some snow  Sucess!

Weather not as bad as forecast. No views, socked in.

Cascade Scrambler

Cascade Scrambler - Nov 1, 2009 8:05 pm Date Climbed: Nov 1, 2009

Fresh tracks  Sucess!

The fog was thick and rolling today. Reached a light dusting of snow at the talus field. From the turnoff to Bandera all the way to the summit, I made first tracks in four to six inches of fresh snow. Views from the summit were partially obscured by fog, but the views of P3 were great, and that was good for me because it was my next stop.


bmwboarder7 - Oct 23, 2009 1:37 am Date Climbed: Oct 22, 2009

Great Fall Hike  Sucess!

Hiked up via the Mason Lake trail. Straightforward good hike with a summit worth sitting at for a while.


ericwillhite - Oct 8, 2009 1:35 pm

Sometime in 93  Sucess!

Mason Lake Trial, then snowshoe to summit.


gimpilator - Jun 9, 2009 11:49 pm Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2009

P3 to Defiance Traverse  Sucess!

Bryan and Dane and I were thinking of Mount Washington but we decided to do something with "more meat on it's bones". We decided on the approach that it was not going to be fun to hike down such a steep loose face so we agreed to traverse over to the summit of Defiance and descend from there via the old Old Defiance Trail. We found the ridge top near the summit of P3 to be very exposed and so we only made it to the east summit but this is where the summit register is located. I would think that the west summit is rarely done. It was good to be back on Defiance for the third time.


Curtissimo - Dec 20, 2008 4:55 pm

up July 2000  Sucess!

by myself but blocked for a time from summit by an aggressive doe!


EastKing - Oct 28, 2008 1:50 am Date Climbed: Oct 26, 2008

Via Mason Lake  Sucess!

Great peak with good views. Cheack out the TR

Dan Winter

Dan Winter - Apr 30, 2008 1:33 am Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2000

Old Trail Approach  Sucess!

Beautiful warm autum day. Nice colors and wonderful sweet smell of huckleberries in the wind.


larryN - Sep 24, 2007 12:12 am Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2007

Old trail is in good shape  Sucess!

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.


Redwic - Sep 15, 2007 4:51 pm Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2007

A Great Workout!!!  Sucess!

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.


nodbod - Jan 19, 2007 10:53 pm

Skippitty Doo Dah  Sucess!

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!


Krylon - Nov 27, 2006 11:27 pm Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2005

Defiance Scramble  Sucess!

Took the backside scramble route up. A really nice day out.


agreenstreet - Aug 28, 2006 6:19 am Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2006

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

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.

Brian Massey

Brian Massey - Aug 22, 2006 7:05 pm Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2006

Route Climbed: From Mason Lake  Sucess!

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.


supermarmot - Jul 22, 2006 6:31 am

nice views  Sucess!

really great views for the effort. did a quick jaunt up on the way back from thompson lake.

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