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Mason, Rainbow and Island Lakes and climb Mt Defiance - Alpine Lakes

  • Jul 21, 2013 · 7:00 AM
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  • Distance: approx  8 miles total
  • Elevation Gain: Approx 4200 ft. This will be a tough hike.
  • Difficulty: Difficult. Expect steep trail.
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Dogs: No
  • Drive: approx 1 3/4 hrs one-way

What to bring:

Disclaimer:

We will be in the wilderness. Serious injury or death can occur. I am not a professional guide, by attending this hike you are assuming responsibility for your own personal safety and I will not be held responsible for your safety or enjoyment.

I leave on time. I do not wait. We depart the park & ride @ 7am. Please arrive 10 min before. Expect to be gone all day and return to the park & ride around 6 or 7pm. If carpoolers want there may be a stop on the way back for pizza, beer, pie, ice cream and/or more healthy, plant-based fare.

We will need volunteers to drive. I can only take one passenger. I have a federal lands pass.

Driving Directions:

From Lacey - Martin Way Park and Ride, north on I-5, to 18, then I-90 to exit #45. Go north and turn left on Forest Service Road #9030. Continue on FS Road #9030 for three-quarters of a mile. At the “Y” stay left (straight) onto FS Road #9031 (Mason Lake Road). Continue for 3.2 miles to the trailhead at the end of road.

Hike Description:

Hike abandoned road grade, cross Mason Creek at 0.6 miles. Continue east for another mile before leaving the road grade to switchback up through open south-facing slopes to the junction with Bandera Mountain Trail at 2.8 miles.

This will be a steep hike.

At the junction take a right for a steep scramble up Bandera Mountain (5241 ft) or continue 0.2 miles left to the ridgeline, which marks the boundary of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Continue 0.4 miles, losing 300 feet in elevation, to the Mason Creek outlet at milepost 3.4 and follow the west shoreline before gradually climbing to the junction with Mount Defiance Trail 1009 at milepost 4. From the junction, head west and climb 1400 ft up a ridge to Mount Defiance (5584 ft) or east to Rainbow and Island Lakes.

Map: USGS: Bandera quadrangle

 

 

 

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  • Mac

    looks like there will only be 4 of us. Can we take your van, Dagmar, if we all pay for the gas. I will be happy to drive.

    July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    have to change my answer to not going- hope you all have a fine hike.

    July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can I carpool with someone? I would be happy to drive but I do not have a Federal pass.

    July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Still planning on it. Have a gas guzzling van that seats 7, but would prefer someone else to drive.

    July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can I carpool with someone? I would be happy to drive but I do not have a Federal pass.

    July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am unable to attend unfortunately.

    July 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will meet you at the TH.

    June 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can I carpool with you, Cynthia?

    June 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can drive (3) and have a Forest pass.

    June 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    You had me confused for a moment; Mason, Rainbow & Island Lake are in Mason County as well. Kay

    June 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    would be lovely :)

    June 16, 2013

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