I-90 to exit #45. Go north and turn left on Road #9030. Continue on Road #9030 for three-quarters of a mile. At the “Y” stay left (straight) onto Road #9031 (Mason Lake Road). At 3.2 miles the road is blocked. Park here, walk quarter-mile across Mason Creek and continue to walk the old road for 1 mile past the old user built trail. The new trail begins the gradual ascent for 3 long switchbacks. At 2.25 miles, take a right at the junction for a steep scramble up Bandera Mtn. or continue half-mile (left) to the ridgeline and high point of the Ira Spring Trail crossing into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area. Continue quarter-mile, losing 500’ elevation to the outlet of Mason Creek and on to the lake. Head west beyond Mason Lake to Mount Defiance and Thompson Lake or east to several alpine lakes, including Rainbow and Island Lakes, reached via trail #1009.
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