Bandera Mountain Trail

#10 of 294 trails in Snoqualmie National Forest

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Bandera Mountain Trail is a 7 mile out and back trail located near North Bend, Washington that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

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Bryant Cunningham (142)

6 Completed2 Reviews

Great views of Rainier, St Hellen's, and Seattle way off in the distance. Tough steep hike near the end with rocks on the trail that can loosen easily. Be alert and listen for warning calls from others.

Emily Laura (189)

8 Completed8 Reviews

This was a nice hike. Pretty steep after you go about 1 mile and continues until the junction for Mason Lake. We chose to do both the lake and the summit. It was a tough scramble, mostly because you can't see the end until you get there and it is harder to find the flat spots going up. If you aren't prepared for more rocks after the initial scramble, it can be frustrating. The view is nice and it is pretty quiet at the false summit (we decided against more rocks for the real summit.) It was a gorgeous day and we got really warm, especially during the last bit where there is no tree coverage. Definitely be prepared with water.

Julie Rowland (227)

8 Completed1 Reviews

Fabulous day for this beautiful hike. Relatively easy until the rock scramble & fresh snow at the top but well worth the effort. Ran into Forrest service workers in the way drown. They dropped in some logs to build a bridge over the waterfall. That will help those who are a little skeptical about crossing that section.

Rich Tong (609)

10 Completed6 Reviews

Terrific views. There is kind of a flash summit and then a hard to find a trail to the true top. Well worth it if a big crowded at the bottom.

Adam Lund (33182)

491 Completed222 Reviews

Love this trail. Easy access from Seattle and the eastside and you can get a good workout in relatively short time. Nice views from the top too. We did Mason Lake, then came back and debated whether to go the extra distance to the top of Bandera. Yup. The boulder field at the top was fun.

Leslie Somerville (608)

71 Completed21 Reviews

Nice hike to views. Trail is clear. No snow. I would not consider this a difficult hike......moderate would be my definition. I hiked in and out and didn't go to Defiance. Very few other hikers on the trail.

Curt Pliler (3280)

65 Completed49 Reviews

12/14/14 [Sunday] - I hiked to Mount Defiance today which shares a trail with Bandera Mountain. I though I would report that the trail is snow free until almost to the top (as seen from the fork in the trail). It was a different story heading down to Mason Lake and back up to Mount Defiance. I'll post a photo.

Jeff Olsen (150)

17 Completed5 Reviews

Waited to review this until I made the true summit. Views from the top of the rock pile were awesome, but the last part of the trail past the first look out requires GPS- the trail is very easy to lose. Been to Little Bandera several times before. I love this trail, other than the pothole filled FS road to get there lol. My GPS said just about 10 miles round trip to the true summit. With all the alpine lakes, views of Rainier, Adams, Baker, etc, etc as well as the option to go up Mt. Defiance, this trail system is my favorite in the snoqualmie pass. You've probably seen me out there!

Racquel Arceo (56)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Really great hike! I preferred the view from little Bandera over the very top but going to the top was still definitely worth it. I was there on a clear day and the views were absolutely perfect. I the hike was a bit challenging so I would recommend having some hiking experience under your belt.
Definitely have a lot of water in you and bug spray, the mosquitos get pretty mean later in the morning.

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Jon Madison (1500)

34 Completed21 Reviews

Fantastic views at little Bandera! this one kicked my 300lb butt! Nearly all the way. Ppl say that the beginning is relatively flat but I disagree. I know flat and that wasn't it.

Almost stopped at the first push up the rocks after the mason/bandera junction (which for me was pretty much a scramble:) but I came too far to quit. Bring plenty of water, or in my case water and Gatorade and pretzels. The salt was essential for me to finish without leg cramps.

amazing views throughout. The highway noise didn't bother me as it seemed to have others. I've had traffic noise on a trail and this was nothing.