Hiking: Mason Lake/Ira Springs Trail

I am so fortunate to live in Pacific Northwest, with its snowpack, mountains and varied terrain makes many wonderful hiking opportunities. One such hike is to Mason Lake. This 6.2-mile out-and-back traverses Ira Spring Memorial Trail, which winds for 3.2 miles above Snoqualmie Valley, ending at the picturesque Mason Lake. Trail is dedicated to efforts of wonderful Ira Springs.

Mason Lake via Ira Springs trail #1038

Location: Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest I-90’s Exit 45, Forest Road 9030 
Roundtrip:  6 miles
Elevation Gain: 2550 ft
Highest Point: 4750 ft
Time: 4.5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

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IRA Springs Mason Lake Trailhead


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Investigating route and distance before heading on

Mason Lake trailhead is off Exit 42 on I-90, few miles on forest road brings to well marked trailhead.

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Alpine Lake wilderness

This is a very pleasant workout hike which begins on the rerouted Ira Spring Trail.

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about a mile into the hike, this creek crosses the trail.

Shortly, we passed Mason Creek, once we hiked in May and we had to cross thundering water creek with help of ropes and poles. In August, waters are tame.

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up and up


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Leaving behind tree line, view opens up with huge talus fields


mason lake  Talus fields

Above the tree line the trail comes to a junction, sign-posted left for Mason Lake; continue right to Bandera Mountain.

Right here, Majestic Mount Rainier is viable in its full glory.

Majestic Mount Rainier as seen from the trail


I-90 meanders through down below



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alpine lake wilderness

Trail descends from here, passing Ira springs memorial on the ridge line, another 3/4th of miles lead to Mason lake shores.

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Mason lake

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Mason Lake

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Clear waters of Mason Lake

We returned down on 1038 trail back to our car. 

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Heading back to the car….

Thank you for reading.


2 thoughts on “Hiking: Mason Lake/Ira Springs Trail

  1. I don’t think I’ve commented before, but I’ve been reading for a while – I love your combo of hiking and gardening posts! Anyhoo, just wanted to say great photos – I love that area of our mountains, we’re so lucky to have Snoqualmie Pass as our “backyard”. 🙂

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