CHS 2 Hike - Mount Defiance

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 2 Hike - Mount Defiance

This hike starts on the Ira Spring Trail and takes long switchbacks up to Mason Lake. From there, we’ll take the cutoff to Mt. Defiance passing through rock fields and lush meadows en route to a rocky summit with 360-degree views on a clear day. CHS 2 hike led at a pace of 2.0-3.0 mph.

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  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 9.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,200 ft
  • Pace: 2.0-3.0 mph

Meet at the trailhead at 8:00am.

Parts of the trail may be on snow. Traction devices and hiking poles are strongly advised.


Ira Spring & Putrid Pete's Peak Trails

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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