Mason, Island, & Rainbow Lakes
ElevationAscent: 2,772' 845 m
Descent: -2,771' -845 m
High: 4,429' 1,350 m
Low: 2,207' 673 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 42% (23°)
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“Great trail to three beautiful lakes with awesome views.”— Mark Davidson
If you're looking for a shorter/easier hike, consider turning around at Mason Lake. If you're feeling rambunctious, tack on the Bandera Mountain Trail for added mileage and views.
Continue around the lake following the signs for the "Main Trail." Shortly afterwards you'll turn away from the lake and come to a junction that goes to left to Mt. Defiance (Mount Defiance Trail #1009) and right to Pratt, Rainbow, and Island Lakes (Island-Rainbow Trail). Continue on this trail past a small pond until you come to Rainbow Lake.
This is a beautiful lake and has some amazing scenery. You can then continue on until you come to another junction (Island Lake Trail) that goes toward Island Lake. Straight will take you down to the Pratt Lake Basin. Turn towards Island Lake.
As you continue on the trail you'll catch a glimpse of Pratt Lake. Shortly after you'll arrive at Island Lake. Be sure to check out the waterfall that flows out of Island Lake and eventually flows into Pratt Lake.
Local Club: Washington Trails Association - WTA
May 16, 2019: 2019 CLC North Bend Fun
May 16, 2019: 2019 CLC Class Locations and Directions
Land Manager: USFS - Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Office