Thursday, May 10, 2018

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Bandera Mountain

Updated May 11, 2018

Time didn't permit going to the summit, however we did get just past the junction where the trail splits to go to Mason Lake. The way up to ridge top is snowfree. We understand from other hikers that the last 1/2 to 3/4 of mile to Bandera had some snow but no snowshoes needed. Trekking poles were handy and some folks had micro-spikes and others didn't.

McClellan Butte
Just west of Bandera
Mt. Rainier
Driving Directions: From Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 45 (Forest Road 9030). Drive north, then stay left on FR 9030. About 1 mile from the freeway, stay left again, now on Mason Lake Road (FR 9031). At about 3.9 miles from the freeway.

Trail Stats: At about 3 miles fork to left goes to Mason Lake. We took the fork north and uphill toward Bandera. We only went 3 miles. Here is our track. The top is about 4 miles one way and about 3400 foot gain.

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