Ira Spring Memorial Trail

Garcia, Washington

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For many years the Mason Lake trail had a reputation of being steep and mean. In addition, hikers had to negotiate a large boulder field before getting to the lake. Thanks to Ira Spring’s urging, the Forest Service, with help from Volunteers for Outdoor Washington, have closed the old trail and constructed a new trail that avoids those obstacles. This trail is destined to become one of the most popular trails along the I-90 corridor. The new route provides a more scenic way to lakes within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Having hiked it, I was impressed with the hard work that has gone into the trail, and it is more aesthetically pleasing, with views most of the way. The original trail was built in 1958 so fire crews could reach and battle a forest fire northeast of Mason Lake, and hard-core hikers continued to use the trail.
Best Wildflower Hikes Washington

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Best Wildflower Hikes Washington

by Art Kruckeberg with Karen Sykes & Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

For many years the Mason Lake trail had a reputation of being steep and mean. In addition, hikers had to negotiate a large boulder field before getting to the lake. Thanks to Ira Spring’s urging, the Forest Service, with help from Volunteers for Outdoor Washington, have closed the old trail and constructed a new trail that avoids those obstacles. This trail is destined to become one of the most popular trails along the I-90 corridor.

The new route provides a more scenic way to lakes within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Having hiked it, I was impressed with the hard work that has gone into the trail, and it is more aesthetically pleasing, with views most of the way. The original trail was built in 1958 so fire crews could reach and battle a forest fire northeast of Mason Lake, and hard-core hikers continued to use the trail.

© 2004 Art Kruckeberg with Karen Sykes & Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Garcia
Distance: 6.8
Elevation Gain: 2,100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Hikable: Late May through October, Best flowers: June through August
Local Contacts: North Bend Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 206 Bandera
Driving Directions: Directions to Ira Spring Memorial Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/18/2009
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Well defined trail, steep in places. Good views of McClellan Butte, Mt Kent, Humpback Mt, and Mt Rainier. Lake Mason has a few campsites close to the water.



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