Monday, June 30, 2008

Bandera Mountain Hike

Bear Grass in Bloom
We were flipping through one of the many book in the Washington’s hikes series, 100 Hikes in Washington’s Alpine Lakes and decided to try Bandera Mountain (location). For us, on this particular day it was a so-so hike. On the positive side, it was a good bit of exercise, especially the last grueling push to the ridge, it was great to see bear grass in bloom (never had), we saw a bear (not sure what kind) about 40feet from us up in a tree ripping bark off, and the hike is fairly easy to get to (exit 45 off of I-90). On the negative side, it was fairly hot (about 85F and in parts not much cover), it was a bit hazy so views were not that great, parts of the trail were blocked by snow toward the top, and the ever-present roar of I-90 is a bit of a detractor. We would have dropped down into Mason Lake but it was still “snowed” in it seemed looking down on it. We hiked nearby Granite Mountain in the past and that one seems like a nicer overall experience. Perhaps, Bandera on cooler, fall day might be more interesting?
View From Bandera Ridge Looking West

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