Ira Spring & Putrid Pete's Peak Trails


Day Hike - Mount Defiance

Strenuous day hike, weekday to avoid the crowds. Covid-19 precautions apply.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,584 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,584 ft
  • Pace: AVERAGE 40 min/mi but slower up, faster down

Please be ready to leave the trailhead at 7:15 AM. Description of how to get to trailhead here.
Forest Pass required.

I will carpool or take a rider from somewhere along I-90 if OK with: masks on except when eating or drinking, vehicle ventilation on high with fresh air (which means no AC) and cracking open windows whenever either of us deems it's a good idea.

Given the length and elevation gain, and short notice, this trip is limited to Mountaineer members unless you can tell me, without a lot of back and forth emails, what equivalent hikes you've done in past few months.
Besides 10 essentials, please bring mask and hand sanitizer.


Ira Spring & Putrid Pete's Peak Trails

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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