Day Hike - Mount Defiance

This is a great July hike. We will go by Mason Lake then up Mt. Defiance. There usually are wild flowers blooming in the alpine meadows above the lake and there is a great view of several alpine lakes from the summit. The last part of the trail is narrow and steep. For more information about the hike see: Photos from prior hikes can be seen:

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  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,384 ft

We will meet at the trail head at 8am

This hike to planned to have a moderate pace (~2 miles/hour, a bit slower up hill and a bit faster down hill) with a long stops at Mason Lake and the Summit.  

The last bit of the hike, from the alpine meadows up to the summit, the trail is very narrow and step.  


Mount Defiance

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

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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