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    North Bend, Washington

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    Explorer | 30 pts
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    1/23/2010
    Snow at about 2/3 way up. Snow was coming down on Saturday (approximately 6 inches by next morning), avalanches already in two of the northeast chutes, third one was sketchy. Snowed Sunday but less. Snow pack was pretty compact, ice in patches, especially on trail.
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    Juanita, WA
    Trailblazer | 1550 pts
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    6/10/2009
    Great hike! Pretty steep grade for most of the hike, but the views down the I-90 corridor, the surrounding peaks, and Mason lake are well worth it!
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    Seattle, WA
    Pathfinder | 190 pts
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    7/30/2007
    Mid July the flowers and beargrass in full bloom. A consistent grade up and steeper switchbacks the second half of the trail. Trail was pretty busy and Mason lake was less then peaceful with all of the visitors, but it was completely worthwhile.
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    Bothell, WA
    Trailblazer | 760 pts
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    7/7/2007
    This is a great trail for those who don't have the time (or don't want to spend the time) traveling hours and hours from the city just to get to a trailhead, and it shows in the horde of cars parked in the lot. Still, it's not quite as crowded as the Mt. Si trail. While you won't be alone for more than five minutes at any given time of day, it is certainly a pretty hike. We took the path at the first signed junction to Mason Lake and had lunch, then back-tracked to take the Mt. Banderas path. This was the hard part, with a grade that was equivalent to a staircase. The heather was past its prime, but other wildflowers (paintbrush, lupine, BEARGRASS, tiger lily) were putting on a great show. The views of Mt. Ranier from the Banderas side-trip could make it worthwhile even without the wildflowers later in the summer. There was no snow on the path at any point, and only a small patch in a side-shadow near the top of Banderas.
    Wear sunscreen and bring a hat--much of the middle 2 miles is exposed. Too bad you can see I-90 almost the entire time after the first mile or so...but still a pretty trail and decent exercise.
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    Trail Information

    North Bend
    Nearby City
    Dog-friendly
    Accessibility
    9
    Distance
    Out-and-back
    Trail Type
    Difficult
    Skill Level
    6 to 7 hours
    Duration
    Summer and fall
    Season
    Alpine Lakes Protection Society (ALPS), www.alpinelakes.org. Middle Fork Snoqualmie, www.midforkrocks.org. Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District, North Bend Office, 42404 SE North Bend Way, North Bend, WA 98045; (425) 888-1421; www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mbs/ about-forest/offices/?cid=fsbdev 7_001660.
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