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If you have been up Mount Si more than once but not Bandera Mountain, you need to branch out. Bandera is one of the many I-90 corridor peaks and a simple hike to a great viewpoint. Itís a local classic and should be explored before repeating the same locations twice!
Distance: 3 miles
Summit Elevation: 5,241 feet
Elevation Gain: 3,000 feet
Access: Nice gravel
Take I-90 east from North Bend to exit 45. Cross north under the freeway and head west 3.8 miles to the end at a parking lot and the Mason Lake trailhead/Ira Spring Trail.
Take the Mason Lake/Ira Spring Trail to over 4500 feet to a signed spur trail that climbs steeply up to Bandera. It arrives on a false summit. Follow a boot path up and down a few bumps until you reach the highpoint.
Bandera from the east
Looking east from the summit of Bandera
Tusk O Granite
Looking down on Mason Lake from the false summit
View down I-90 from a low viewpoint
Kent and McClellan Butte
Looking south to Mount Rainier
View down I-90 from the summit
Alpine Lakes Wilderness
Avalanche Path on the Ira Spring Trail
Mason Lake side trip