Ira Spring Trail

A moderate/strenuous 6 mile hike with 2,550 ft in total elevation gain. Start on a road turned to trail in a second growth forest, switch to a trail that goes over Bandera ridge and finally drops down to an Mason Lake. Consider continuing on to Island and Rainbow Lakes or hiking to Mount Defiance or Bandera Mountain.

getting there

Take Exit 45 off of I-90 and turn north onto Forest Road 9030. In 0.8 mile at the junction with Forest Road 9031, go straight onto Forest Road 9031. Continue 2.9 miles to the Ira Spring Trailhead (2,200 ft).

on the trail

Hike 2.7 miles  and 2,000 feet of elevation gain to a junction (4,200 ft). Turn left and continue 0.7 mile to Mason Lake or turn right and continue 0.6 mile to Little Bandera Mountain (5,157 ft).


  • Extend your trip by continuing on to Island and Rainbow Lakes.
  • The Ira Spring Memorial Trail also the start for hiking to Mount Defiance (5,584 ft) and Bandera Mountain (5,241 ft). and the early season snow scramble to Mount Defiance & Bandera Mountain.
  • Consider a thru hike. Hiking from Mason Lake to Talapus Lake is 2,200 feet elevation gain and 1,600 feet elevation loss.

Information FOr leaders

Permit information

As of 2017, the Snoqualmie Ranger District considers Mountaineers trips and courses to be "nominal use". Leaders should print and copy this designation letter to show rangers they may see on trail or carry a digital copy on their phone.

  • Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
  • Length: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,550 ft
  • 4,750 ft
  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S
  • USGS Bandera
  • Green Trails Bandera No. 206

Upcoming Activities

CHS 1 Hike - Island Lake

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
Almost-On-The-Solstice Alpine Lakes Wilderness Walkabout: Mason Lake - Rainbow Lake - Island Lake. CHS1 hike
Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
Sat, Jun 29, 2019
No Prerequisites
0 participants
Registration closes Jun 26
Seattle Branch

Day Hike - Mason Lake

Exploring Nature Trip
Great views, long traverses and a lovely alpine lake, in the Western cascades and close
Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
Fri, Jul 5, 2019
No Prerequisites
6 participants
Registration closes Jul 3
Seattle Branch

CHS 1 Hike - Mount Defiance

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
CHS1 hike led at pace 1.5-2.0 mph.
Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
Sat, Jul 13, 2019
No Prerequisites
2 participants
Registration closes Jul 11
Seattle Branch

Day Hike - Rainbow & Island Lakes

Day Hiking Trip
Hike to Island and Rainbow Lakes from the Talapus Lake Trailhead
Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
Fri, Aug 2, 2019
No Prerequisites
11 participants
Registration opens Jul 17
Foothills Branch

Day Hike - Mount Defiance

Day Hiking Trip
Popular hike but one I have not done yet.
Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
Sun, Sep 8, 2019
No Prerequisites
5 participants
Registration closes Aug 23
Seattle Branch
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  • Mason Lake
  • Island Lake
  • Rainbow Lake
  • Rainbow & Island Lakes
  • Bandera Mountain
  • Bandera Mountain (West Peak)
  • Little Bandera Mountain
  • Mount Defiance
  • Mount Defiance & Bandera Mountain

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