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!
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|By Dan A. Nelson|
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.
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
South Puget Sound Region
950 Farman Avenue N
Enumclaw, Wa 98022