Ira Spring Trail

North Bend, Washington 98045

Ira Spring Trail

Ira Spring Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Hikers owe an incredible debt of thanks to Ira Spring. This soft-spoken man and his trail-loving photography did more for trail protection in Washington than any other person in hiking history.

Ira was a tireless advocate for trails, working both behind the scenes and as one of the most recognizable trails spokesmen in the country. He lobbied Congress, he influenced local land-management decisions, and he introduced several generations of hikers to the wonders of Washington’s trail network through the hiking guide series he created with The Mountaineers Books. It is only fitting that this rehabilitated trail to Mason Lake bears his name. The fact that his namesake trail leads to a beautiful mountain lake is also appropriate, as Ira loved lakes of all kinds and sizes."

Ira Spring Trail Reviews

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The FS road to the trail head has 3 washouts that are risky. Half a mile from the trailhead a landslide has placed large trees and boulders in the way and the water is running 8-10 inches deep. Past the trail head and up .5 miles a very large swift water crossing with floating wet logs. The mountain slide has carved out tons of yards of dirt rocks and boulders. The water is 18-20 inches and fast moving. The logs placed for crossing are floating and very slick. two hiking poles or remove your boots and wade. Snow started around 3200 feet and the trail was gone.
I only took this trail as far as Mason Lake, not to Mount Defiance, and it was mostly straight up (or straight down). It was mid-August and there were still some wildflowers around, and though thunderstorms threatened, we made it through mostly raindrop-free. There are beautiful views of Mount Rainier from the top, and a birds-eye view of I-90. It's a good day hike from Seattle, very easily accessible from the freeway, though make sure you're in shape or prepared to be sore the next day. There were a lot of people on the trail, most of them were planning on camping at Mason Lake or further in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

Ira Spring Trail Photos

Trail Information

North Bend
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
2,550 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Season & Limits
Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District, North Bend office
Local Contacts
Green Trails Bandera No. 206 and Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018