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Mailbox Peak
pnwhikes > Central Cascades > North Bend
The trip to Mailbox Peak is not for the faint of heart and might not be recommended for those of you who have to get out of bed the next morning! With over 6 miles of trail and 4,000' of elevation gain, this hike will make you work up a sweat, not to mention make your thighs burn. You'll experience a variety of terrain here; the trail starts in the forest before it begins to make its steady climb to the top. Much of the ascent is located in the shade, providing much needed relief from the sun on a summer day. The trail will become less obvious once you leave the woods, and is flagged throughout the meadows and shrubs.

You will start this hike by walking along the road, past the gate you parked at. You will find the trailhead on your left .4 miles after the gate (if you pass a stream you have gone too far.) The path curves through the forest and crosses a couple of small streams before it begins to steepen. You will find some small, flagged paths that lead to Grouse Ridge, but ignore these if your destination is the summit. The path will be easy to follow in the trees, but becomes more challenging to follow once the forest breaks. Once you reach the top you'll find a mailbox (yes, there actually is one up there) along with some spectacular views...all that sweating and agony paid off!
Type Length Difficulty Rating Gain
View 6.4 mi 4 / 5 8.2 / 10 4040 ft

User Groups
Hikers, Dogs

Accessibility
May-November

Permits
No permits needed, parking is free

Maps
Green Trails: #206S Mt Si NRCA, #206 Bandera
USGS: Chester Morse Lake
 
Hike Featured In...
Day Hiking Snoqualmie RegionDay Hiking Snoqualmie Region
Day Hiking Snoqualmie Region
By Dan A. Nelson
Driving Directions:
From Seattle, east on I-90 to exit 34. Turn left onto 468th Ave and travel 0.4 miles. Turn right onto Middle Fork Road. The road should split and rejoin after 2.1 miles, travel 0.3 more miles and look for the gated road on your right. Park here, the hike begins by following this road for 0.4 miles to the trailhead.
Contact Information:
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
South Puget Sound Region
950 Farman Avenue N
Enumclaw, Wa 98022
Tel: 360.825.1631
Fax: 360.825.1672
southpuget.region@dnr.wa.gov
http://www.dnr.wa.gov

The mailbox atop Mailbox Peak The trail shortly after the gate A creek near the trailhead A typical view of about the first 3/4 of the trail The trail towards the top as the forest begins to clear One of your first glimpses of Rainier An open boulder field as you near the summit A great view of Mount Rainier from the top Your first glimpse of the mailbox! A view of the valley below, including Rattlesnake Lake Mailbox Peak - From Zachary Pratt's hike report on Sunday, March 03, 2013. Mailbox Peak - From Zachary Pratt's hike report on Sunday, March 03, 2013. Mailbox Peak - From Zachary Pratt's hike report on Sunday, March 03, 2013. Mailbox Peak - From Zachary Pratt's hike report on Sunday, March 03, 2013. Mailbox Peak - From Zachary Pratt's hike report on Sunday, March 03, 2013. Mailbox Peak - From Zachary Pratt's hike report on Sunday, March 03, 2013. Mailbox Peak - From Zachary Pratt's hike report on Sunday, March 03, 2013. Mailbox Peak - From ukulele's hike report on Sunday, October 03, 2010. Mailbox Peak - From snowlover's hike report on Monday, July 05, 2010. Mailbox Peak - From snowlover's hike report on Monday, July 05, 2010. The mailbox is white now..! - From malkoc's hike report on Wednesday, June 23, 2010. Final ascent to Mailbox peak - From kstobie's hike report on Sunday, April 18, 2010. Mailbox parking lot - From kstobie's hike report on Sunday, April 18, 2010. Looking down mailbox boulder field - From kstobie's hike report on Sunday, April 18, 2010. Mailbox trail marker (reflective white diamond on tree) - From kstobie's hike report on Sunday, April 18, 2010. Mailbox peak boulder field above - From kstobie's hike report on Sunday, April 18, 2010. Mailbox peak view on 2010-04-18 with Mt. Rainier in background - From kstobie's hike report on Sunday, April 18, 2010. stream along bottom of Mailbox trail - From kstobie's hike report on Sunday, April 18, 2010. Mailbox peak trail near the bottom - From kstobie's hike report on Sunday, April 18, 2010. Mailbox trail after the forest. - From kstobie's hike report on Sunday, April 18, 2010. Mailbox at peak - From kstobie's hike report on Sunday, April 18, 2010. Start of Mailbox peak trail - From kstobie's hike report on Sunday, April 18, 2010. Mailbox boulder field looking t the side - From kstobie's hike report on Sunday, April 18, 2010. South view - From janinebur's hike report on Sunday, October 25, 2009. Rain obscured the views - From janinebur's hike report on Sunday, October 25, 2009. South, the way up - From janinebur's hike report on Sunday, October 25, 2009. Mailbox Peak with a mailbox no less! - From janinebur's hike report on Sunday, October 25, 2009. East false summit - From janinebur's hike report on Sunday, October 25, 2009. View from the top - From jarodmartin's hike report on Sunday, October 04, 2009. Mailbox Peak - From AJTrekker08's hike report on Sunday, August 23, 2009. There are white diamonds to guide you along the trail up the mountain - From AJTrekker08's hike report on Sunday, August 23, 2009. The mailboxes at the peak - From AJTrekker08's hike report on Sunday, August 23, 2009. There was a creek towards the bottom of the mountain - From AJTrekker08's hike report on Sunday, August 23, 2009. The last stretch to the top of Mailbox Peak - From AJTrekker08's hike report on Sunday, August 23, 2009. Panorama of Mailbox Peak with the famous mailboxes - From AJTrekker08's hike report on Sunday, August 23, 2009. A warning to hikers about the physical challenge of the hike - From AJTrekker08's hike report on Sunday, August 23, 2009. Starting to clear the tree line - From AJTrekker08's hike report on Sunday, August 23, 2009. The dusty trailhead - From pnwhikes's hike report on Friday, May 29, 2009. The rocky slopes as you near the summit - From pnwhikes's hike report on Friday, May 29, 2009. A snag and a view - From pnwhikes's hike report on Friday, May 29, 2009. Finally, the summit! - From pnwhikes's hike report on Friday, May 29, 2009. A creek near the beginning of the hike - From pnwhikes's hike report on Friday, May 29, 2009. Mount Rainier in the distance - From pnwhikes's hike report on Friday, May 29, 2009.
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