13 reviews Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest #12 hike out of 309 in
4 hrs 26 min
This is a difficult out and back trail to Mount Defiance in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
This trail goes by Mount Rainier View.
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starslkuracina 1 year, 9 months ago
Nice hike. It's been a few years since I've done this popular hike. Dec.2 @ 8:00am start with the parking lot half full. I took the old Mason Lake trail up to avoid the Ira Springs trail and the groups ahead of me. About 1/2 up to the lake the snow started. One has to be careful crossing the creek and traveling on the boulders with the light snow covering. Once I hit the main trail again it was well packed down. About 6 people headed up to Defiance before me so the trail was okay and I didn't wear gaitors or micro-spikes. The top was in the clouds so no views. I took the Ira Springs trail down from Mason Lake. On my way down I met a number of people heading up and the parking lot was full when I go back.★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Leslie Jeffrey I’ve always wanted to do this one, and it did not disappoint! It was a hot day, and Leslie struggled. We got a little off trail after Mason Lake, but were soon working our way up Defiance. There was a steep wooded section that eventually broke out into a beautiful wildflower meadow that traversed the south flank of Defiance. The trail then headed steeply north. The 360 views from the summit are stunning, with mountains and lakes.
Track (6/26/19, 12:09:13PM)Bandera lightning
Lightning storm moved into the area earlier than expected! We decided to turn around right before the scree slopes which were too exposed. Huddled in the trees while it started to rain. Ran down the trail between bolts! Hail! Pouring rain! Such loud thunder! What an adventure! Oh and the beargrass was spectacular and we heard group whomping.
With oatmeal and Ben. Ben stayed overnight at mason lake.
56500 Southeast Camp Mason Road to Mount Defiance Trail, WA, USA
Mason Lake -- Old trail