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Mason Lake, Washington

The hike to Mason Lake was on trail number 1038 which is going to be closed soon. From the number of very large fallen trees directly over the trail it looks like the trail has not be maintained for some time. There are no view of distant peaks on this trail. It switch backs up through the forest some of which is very dense giving you that haunted forest feeling from the movies. Some books which cover this trail say that you must cross a boulder field, however, you can avoid all of the boulder field if you keep to the left of it and look for a trail through the woods.

The trail is about 5 miles round trip with an elevation gain of about 2000 feet.

Topo map available.

(July 26, 2003; up-1:55, down-1:15)

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The first views are Mason Lake are from the south end which feeds Mason Creek. I'm not sure what this animals name is, but, there were two of them swimming around the shore of the lake. Searching in the internet I ran across information on the Rough-Skinned Newt which is poisonous!
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A view of Mason Lake from the north bank looking southwest. The rising tree-line ending at the upper left hand side of the picture leads to Bandara Mountain.

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The pictures in this gallery were taken with a Sony DCR-PC100 1-mega pixel camera. Email me if you would like a higher resolution version of any of these pictures.