New Meetup: Bandera Mountain Afternoon Hike

From: Shabnam
Sent on: Monday, August 23, 2010 4:12 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Eastside Hikers Meetup Group!

What: Bandera Mountain Afternoon Hike

When: Wednesday, August 25,[masked]:15 PM

Where: Eastgate Park
Eastgate Park,
Bellevue, WA 98006

Hi All,
Let's meet up for another afternoon hike. Please read the stats to ensure this hike is for you. We will meet at the Eastgate P&R at 3:15pm on the Westside of the parking. We will not wait any longer than a few minutes so please call if you are running late[masked]-6096. I am not sure yet if I am actually going to be coming along yet so Ross will be leading this trip.

Roundtrip 7.0 miles
Elevation Gain 3000 ft
Highest Point 5200 ft

This trail is in extremely good shape and is well maintained. It makes for smooth traveling and is comfortably wide.

It starts out on the Ira Spring Trail with a very gradual elevation gain and winds gently through the forest. At about a half mile you will cross a creek (the only chance for water on this trail) that runs through a culvert passing under the trail. At about 2 miles it begins to take a steeper path, but is still easily handled by most hikers.

The trail starts to open up into spacious meadows and gives you great views of Mt Kent and McClellan Butte. After a long traverse to the east and a few switch backs, you will come to a trail junction. To the left is the gentle sloping trail to Mason Lake. To the right the trail for Bandera Mountain will take up the steepest section of the hike.

You will gain over 1000' in about a mile. You will reach the top of a ridge and have to negotiate a few mild scrambles over large boulders, but the panoramic views are well worth it. Then you will stand atop the 5,200'

Getting there:
From I-90 take exit # 45. Go left onto Forest Service road 9030. Continue on 9030 and then veer left onto Forest Road 9031. Road 9031 is a gravel road that is narrow and full of potholes. Follow 9031 until it dead-ends at the Ira Spring trailhead that accesses Bandera Mountain and Mason Lake trails.

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