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Karen
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PostThu Aug 07, 2008 1:50 pm 
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Since Bob and I both had time constraints we needed to find some adventure off I-90 and the "old" trail to Mason Lake fit the bill.

Oh, don't worry. I am NOT writing up this trail for any publication. If you want to know more about where to find it, refer to the older hiking guidebooks or maps.

The old trail was not new to me, I'd hiked it before and remembered the fun on the boulder field. Seriously.

I must have rocks in my head because I enjoy boulder fields!!

No major problems with the old trail or the boulder field except it was muggy and it took some sweat and four-letter words to get to Mason Lake.

There we found some beargrass still in bloom and only a couple of other hikers.

After a rest we continued on to the little tarn and Rainbow Lake. Personally I think the little tarn is prettier than Rainbow Lake. Just a couple of tiny snow patches on the trail. We considered Alaska Lake, too, but the time constraint made the prospect of hiking fast not a pleasant one.

We took the Ira Spring trail down (the new Mason Lake trail) and were treated to an unexpected bonanza of flowers - notably Indian paintbrush and fireweed.

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We took the "old" Mason Lake trail
We took the "old" Mason Lake trail
Beargrass, Mason Lake
Beargrass, Mason Lake
Rainbow Lake
Rainbow Lake
More Indian paintbrush
More Indian paintbrush
Flowers, Ira Spring trail
Flowers, Ira Spring trail
Panorama from Ira Spring trail
Panorama from Ira Spring trail
Mason Lake trail
Mason Lake trail
Fireweed, near Mason Lake trailhead
Fireweed, near Mason Lake trailhead

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PostThu Aug 07, 2008 1:55 pm 
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Miss. Karen, is the old trail still a viable trail? Is it still usable?  Is it still accessible?

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PostThu Aug 07, 2008 1:56 pm 
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Karen wrote:

I must have rocks in my head because I enjoy boulder fields!!

I detest boulder fields mainly because it takes me forever to navitage them.  down.gif

Nice flower pictures though.  up.gif  up.gif  up.gif

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PostThu Aug 07, 2008 1:57 pm 
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All of TNAB went there a couple weeks ago on the way to Defiance.

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PostThu Aug 07, 2008 2:35 pm 
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Great photos, although you got the flower names wrong.

How were the bugs on the Ira Spring trail?
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PostThu Aug 07, 2008 3:05 pm 
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Angry Hiker,

There were a few bugs on the trail - but I'm not the person to ask as I seldom get bitten. I haven't bought bug juice in over 20 years, I don't seem to need it.

Flower names wrong? Which ones?

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PostThu Aug 07, 2008 4:05 pm 
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Karen wrote:


The old trail was not new to me, I'd hiked it before and remembered the fun on the boulder field. Seriously.

I must have rocks in my head because I enjoy boulder fields!!

Karen, I agree with you. I liked the old trail too, and the boulder fields. Biggest Salmon berries Ive ever seen there, and actually sweet. Thanks for letting us know it is clear and ready to challenge the rest of us. The steep rooty ascent after the boulders was the worst part, especially coming down.
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PostThu Aug 07, 2008 4:48 pm 
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That paintbrush is brilliant! up.gif  up.gif  up.gif

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PostThu Aug 07, 2008 5:00 pm 
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And of course there is the 'other' old trail that ascends on the left side of the boulder field.  Although steep in spots it provides for a descent in the  shade on a hot day.
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PostThu Aug 07, 2008 7:57 pm 
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One of our most favorite trails of all time fist fire road then switchbacks, up a dirty gully, big rocks. brush then lakes up.gif  up.gif  up.gif alt on dow trough sidehill woods wub.gif

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PostMon Sep 08, 2008 4:15 pm 
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Went on the 'new' trail to Mt Defiance this weekend and looked for the old trail.  Could not see an entry at the Mason Creek falls or an exit at the creek source at Mason Lake.  How can you find this trail?
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PostTue Sep 09, 2008 10:34 am 
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I'm with you Joey, I thought the old trail went to the left in the summer and up the boulder field in the winter, that is how I did it.
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PostTue Sep 09, 2008 11:08 am 
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We went up Mt. Defiance this weekend on the Ira Spring (couldn't do too much steep for recovery) saw both ends of the trail but will not post it here.

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PostTue Sep 09, 2008 11:21 am 
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I did Ira Spring to Defiance on Sunday.  Your pictures look better than it did in person!

I saw a bear just above the Ira Spring trail on the slope of Bandera and another on the Slope just shy of the summit of Defiance.

A very fine day!

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