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 AM at Issaquah Transit Center

The goal of this trip will be to scramble the West Peak of Bandera, which is just north of I-90 between exits 42 and 45.
NOTE: This is a winter scramble and sign-up is limited to people that have graduated from the Scramble and/or Basic Climbing classes. Sorry, but students of those classes are not eligible.

Meet inside the Issquah Transit Center parking garage on the first floor in the Northeast corner at 7:00 AM. Call me on my cell phone at 425-442-6411 if you are running late and want us to wait for you.

- Ice Axe is always required.
- Snowshoes with agressive points on the bottom such as MSR are required.
- Crampons, Microspikes or Yak Traks are also requried.
- Avalanche Becon is optional but is highly recommended on all winter trips.
- Avalanche shovel and/or probe are optional, but we should have 4 of each for the group.

If the road to the summer Mason Lake trailhead is open, (which it was on 12/2) we will drive to there. Otherwise, we will park at Exit 42 and hike straight up the hill past the summer trailhead.
From there we will take the direct summer trail route to the summit. From the top, if time allows, we will drop down north side and loop counterclockwise around Mason Lake then back via the summer trail.

Here is a link to printable map of the area, (the very center of which is our peak'):,-121.547455&t;=t2&z;=15

Note that the topo map does not show the "new" summer trail which starts near the word "Mason" at 2800' and traverses gently along the south slope. From there we go straight up.

NOTE: In the event of heavy nasty rain, the trip will change to an umbrella hike up either Mt Si or Tiger Mountain based on group interest.


Bandera Mountain (winter)

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