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 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.

  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking, Day Hiking
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast.
  • 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
  • Red Marker
    47.424652, -121.583382
    47.4246516889 -121.583381508
  • Red Marker
    47.425181, -121.552431
    47.4251809913 -121.552431391

Upcoming Activities

Day Hike - Mount Defiance

Day Hiking Trip
Mentored Hike Lead for Dennis Diessner - Conditioner hike for Olympia Basic Climbing and Scrambling
Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
Sun, Apr 1, 2018
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
2 participants on waitlist
Registration closes Mar 29
Olympia Branch

Conditioner Hikes - Bandera Mountain

Day Hiking Field trip: Intense Basic Alpine Climbing Course
Conditioner series for Intense Basic 2018 and summer climbs.
Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
Sun, May 6, 2018
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
11 participants
Registration opens Apr 25
Seattle Branch
Trip Reports

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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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