Ira Spring Memorial Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"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."