ElevationAscent: 3,055' 931 m
Descent: -3,054' -931 m
High: 5,113' 1,559 m
Low: 2,216' 675 m
GradeAvg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 81% (39°)
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“Awesome views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, and the whole Snoqualmie Pass region.”— Mark Davidson
There is an enclosed pit toilet at the trailhead, and a trash can.
Parking within a quarter mile of the trailhead requires a Northwest Forest Pass.
Before heading up the trail, also get a free, self-issued Alpine Lakes Wilderness permit at the trailhead. Though it's technically required, some people don't do this, but probably should as these are used to determine which trails get maintenance.
About 3 miles in, you come to a fork in the trail that is very well marked. Follow the Bandera Mountain Trail to the right to head up Bandera Mountain. The grade increases steeply here, and the trail starts to get pretty rough since you have to climb through a boulder field where disappears a few times. The trail is safe and, as long as you're being careful, it shouldn't be a problem, just keep your head up so that you see where the path exits the boulders. At the top here is Little Bandera, which has the best views. Many people turn around here, as the remainder is more of a scramble than a hike.
Continuing past this point, the trail follows the ridge, but disappears almost entirely. Drop down in to the saddle between the peaks, picking your way over the boulders, then up the forested peak on the other side, about 100' higher than Little Bandera.
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Land Manager: USFS - Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Office