05 July 2010

hike: ira springs trail to mason lake

The goal of my second hike of the season was origininally Bandera Mountain, but I changed course to Mason Lake as I reached the trail junction. The Snoqualmie Pass area was socked in with clouds, so I opted for a scenic lake, rather than a view of the clouds. I estimate 8-9 miles total, as I took the "Road Closed" sign too seriously and parked on the forest road about a mile shy of the trailhead (the way between the sign and the trailhead was completely passable, and about 40 cars were in the parking lot when I got back ot the trailhead... oh well. Four and a half hours, round trip. A lovely hike, a very well maintained trail -- you'd have to work really hard to get lost on this trip.



view from the trail looking out over Snoqualmie Pass


dwarf dogwood (Cornus canadensis) dotted the trail edges, along with bear grass, indian paintbrush and lupines.


mason lake, from its outlet, where the trail approaches the lake

3 comments:

formerlyknownasDinoMatt said...

Kinda hard for me to believe y'all still have snow out there, yet Pikes Peak has been almost totally bare for weeks...

froghair said...

one word for you, Matt: latitude. Pike's Peak is around the same latitude as Sacramento and Washington DC. I am way closer to the north pole.

I also wonder if the higher moisture content of our snow -- while bad for skiing -- makes for longer-lasting snow fields.

formerlyknownasDinoMatt said...

I wonder what effects El Nino has had...