Less than 2 miles in, the route leaves the road, climbing sharply to a ridgeline overlooking Mason Lake. Turn right on the ridge and climb a rocky path to a 5,157-foot summit. From here, follow the ridgetop another 0.6 mile to Bandera's 5,241-foot summit. Drop your pack and take in the scene. To the south, the slopes of Bandera Mountain drop down to the Snoqualmie River valley. In the distance, Mount Rainier looms over a sprawling, peak-dotted landscape. Follow the same route back to the trailhead.
-Mapped by Nathan and Jeremy Barnes, hikingwithmybrother.com
Trailhead: I-90 E to exit 45. Turn left onto Lookout Point Rd./FR 9030. In roughly 1 mile, bear left onto FR 9031. Go 2.9 miles to parking lot at end of road.