Winter Scramble - Bandera Mountain (winter)

Bandera Mtn (winter)

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  • Winter Scramble
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,700 ft
7:00 at Issaquah Transit Center Park and Ride

Meet inside the Issquah Transit Center parking garage on the first floor in the Northeast corner at 7:00 AM. We will consolidate cars there. Seattle folks should use the club website to arrange carpools to Issaquah.
Call me at 7:00 AM on my cell phone at 425-442-6411 if you are running late or will not be able to come.

- Ice Axe.
- Snowshoes. You must have a pair with agressive points on the bottom such as MSR.
- Avalanche Becon. Not required, but I strongly recommended that you have one and know how to use it.
- Avalanche shovel and/or probe. We should have 3 of each for the group. Please bring one or both if you can
- Crampons. They will probably NOT be required. However, if we have a big rain/freeze cycle, then they might be. In that case, I will notify everybody of the change.

At Exit 45, we will drive up the road to Talapus Lake as far as we can, (which will probably be about 100 feet). From there, we will hike up the road to the summer trail head then follow the trail up to Talapus Lake. From there we will proceed northwest up to Rainbow Lake. From the lake we will follow the ridge up to WEST Bandera (5157').

Here is a link to a printable map of the area:;=t2≪=47.415021,-121.535826&z;=14

In the event of Considerable avalanche conditions below 4000' we will change the destination to West Granite (5566'). In that case, from Talapus Lake we will proceed up to and past Olallie Lake to the northwest ridge of West Granite and follow it to the summit.


Bandera Mountain (winter)

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