Sir-Hikes-a-Lot and I decided to stay local when we saw on the webcams that Newhalem and Diablo were getting snow. Mount Defiance (5,584') was a great choice and we went up via the Mason Creek trail (old route). Snow was fine up the creek trail and only 6-12" around the lake, starting to get deep above 4,200' (past the trail junction). Knee/thigh deep for the final vertical 200-300' to the summit.
We were treated to a calm and perfect summit...
Took the new trail back from the lake which is very well packed down, though not icy as of today.
|Old Mason Creek Trail|
|Defiance on the way to Mason Lake|
|Mason Lake outlet crossing|
|15F, elevation was actually about 4,250'|
|Kaleetan and Chair from the SE ridge of Defiance|
|Rainier and a faraway Adams|
|Sir-Hikes-a-Lot doing the tough stuff|
|I just got to lollygag and enjoy the views|
|Final section to the summit; SHaL rocks the runners|
|Obligatory Big Mountain shot...|
|SHaL enjoying the summit|
|Kaleetan, Chair and Chikamin-Lema area beyond|
|Ever-recognizable Mt. Stuart|
|Full east (right) to west pano; Glacier and Baker both visible|
|Bellevue, Seattle, the sound and the Olympics|
|Descending around 5,300' with Mason Lake and Little Bandera|
|The new trail, heading down|