I have always wanted to climb Bandera Mountain since I conquered Mount Si and others. Bandera is said to be a training hike for Mount Rainier, and they were not kidding. The last scramble up was epic and fierce, nearly a mile of vertical climbing with all four limbs.
The view at the top, of course, was well worth it. As we ate, Mount Rainier even revealed itself briefly. The fall colors and amazing cloud formations made the already beautiful day even more spectacular.