Trip Report    

CHS 2 Hike - Mount Defiance

A successful day hike to Mt Defiance via the Ira Spring and Mt Defiance trails.

  • Road rough but passable
  • The Ira Spring trail is snow free.  The Mt Defiance trail had patchy snow  and damp muddy areas in the section in the trees on the southeast side of Mt Defiance, about .5 miles past the junction with the Ira Spring trail.  There were also a few downed trees to navigate.  We managed without microspikes, but trekking poles were very useful and we used GPS to stay on the trail as the snow made some areas a bit confusing.  The snow is melting fast and shouldn't linger too much longer.  Once we came out of the trees onto the open south flank of Mt Defiance it was snow free to the summit.  Beware the bugs, the mosquitos were out in force from Mason Lake on.

We arrived at the parking lot just after 7AM, and got the last couple of spots in the parking lot.  Later drivers parked on the road.  Our CHS2 group of 11 hikers departed the parking lot about 7:30AM, took a brief break at Mason Lake, and then summited Mt Defiance about 11am for lunch.  We returned to the parking lot on the same route for a total of 11 miles, 3400 ft gain.