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    Mailbox Peak Primitive Trail

    Middle Fork Snoqualmie Natural Resources Conservation Area, Washington
    Distance1.5mi
    Elevation Gain2,900ft
    Trailhead Elevation3,884ft
    Top3,884ft
    Elevation Min/Max1008/3884ft
    Elevation Start/End3884/3884ft

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    Argyle, WA
    Pathfinder | 171 pts
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    8/4/2018
    The new trail is perfectly well maintained, smooth and rolling, making it way easier to navigate. You can still hike the old trail but it is full of roots and pretty technical, also exhausting for the knees. Start early in the day to beat the crowds and heat--this is actually a great summer hike because it is mostly shaded. Still, a ton of water is necessary. It took us about 4 hrs to get to the top. View is just beautiful!
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    Adventurer | 220 pts
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    3/12/2018
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    Tacoma, WA
    Pathfinder | 181 pts
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    6/24/2010
    Great training hike for anyone preparing for Rainier. I just did it for the sixth time, and had a great time. Views were spectacular, and 2.5 miles was more than challenging. Be ready for a difficult decent. Have fun.
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    Greenwood, WA
    Adventurer | 210 pts
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    5/17/2009
    The lower part of the trail is dry and in great condition. The trail starts to get a little muddy around 3500 feet and then there is some snow off and on from 4000 feet to the summit, but most of it can be avoided by hiking on the rocks.

    This hike is steep, but you get up and out of the trees fast because of it for some amazing views of Mt. Rainier and the surrounding mountains.
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    Bellevue, WA
    Pathfinder | 164 pts
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    8/3/2008
    Great trail!! Although it was a cloudy day and I couldn't see the views, the trail itself was worth it. Definitely a thigh burner. I'm 5'8", 135lbs and a regular runner/hiker and it took me about an hour to cover just one mile so it's a workout!

    Access to the trailhead is a little confusing per the guide on this site. If you pass the metal gate and hike about a quarter of a mile on the gravel road, just as you enter the woods you will see a big sign clearly marking the Mailbox Peak Trailhead. It gives all kinds of ominous cautions about the difficulty of the trail. On a cloudy day if your alone one can almost hear the Jaws them in the background. From there, the trail is marked all the way with white reflectors so even though there are parts of the trail that are unclear, one cannot lose their way if you follow the markers.

    Enjoy the many wildflowers on the last scramble to the top, but don't get so distracted that you trip. The trail is very rocky and on the hike back down, I actually saw a guy trip and role about 20 feet so it does happen.

    Good luck, have fun and bring a jacket for the top!
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    Everett, WA
    Trailblazer | 525 pts
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    5/8/2008
    What a great hike! I would do it as often as possible.There is a warning sign at a bottom of the trail saying search and rescue know the trail well. The trail is in pretty bad shape. Lots of roots. When you get to the y take the high road. If you miss it don't worry, all trails lead to the top. Very, very steep.
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    Cascade, WA
    Explorer | 50 pts
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    5/12/2007
    A good training hike if you want short and steep - my quads are sore from this one! The trail is difficult to follow in many spots, but it all goes back to the main trail eventually. Great view from the top, though!
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    Greenwood, WA
    Adventurer | 476 pts
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    8/7/2006
    This is a great training ground for building strength for bigger hikes and climbs. It is every bit as steep as the description. I had a set of hiking poles with me and was very glad I did. The trail on the way down can be slick due to dropped needles and dusty surfaces. The poles helped to keep balanced, and eliminated slippage. The views were superb from the top. As you approach the peak the mailbox is perfectly perched at the summit colling out to you as you make your way the rest of the way up the ridge to "check the mail."
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    Trail Information

    Middle Fork Snoqualmie Natural Resources Conservation Area
    Nearby City
    Middle Fork Snoqualmie Natural Resources Conservation Area
    Parks
    Dog-friendly
    Accessibility
    Difficult
    Skill Level
    Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District, North Bend office
    Local Contacts
    Green Trails Bandera No. 206 and Mount Si NRCA No. 206S
    Local Maps

    Trail Log