Ira Spring & Putrid Pete's Peak Trails


Day Hike - Ira Spring Trail

A potentially snow free winter hike to Mason Lake for an early lunch break.

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  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 6.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,800 ft

Directions to the TH:  From Seattle, drive east on I-90 to exit 45. Turn left and cross under the highway, then veer left onto FR-9030. About one mile from the exit, stay left at the fork onto Mason Lake Road, FR-9031. Park in the lot at the end of this road, 3.8 miles from the highway. There is a privy at the trailhead.

Plan your arrival time for our departure from the parking lot at 7:30 AM.  Given that the route is essentially snow free, and if the weather is clear, this parking lot will fill quickly.

Recent WTA reports with pictures indicates Mason Lake is not frozen over (sad!) and the trail to the lake is snow free.  This may be more of a spring time hike.  The speed of the group will be sightly faster than moderate pace.  Short breaks are taken at 1 hr or 1000 foot of gain, which ever comes first (and of course if someone needs a break).  We will have early lunch at Mason Lake. before turning back.  Depending on how nice the weather is will determine our stay time at the lake.  

Participants will need to organize their own car pools.  USFS or Interagency Pass is needed at this TH.


Ira Spring & Putrid Pete's Peak Trails

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

 Micro spikes are required in case we do hit some hard snow or patches of ice.

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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