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

Mailbox Peak Primitive Trail

Mailbox Peak Primitive Trail is a hiking trail in King County, Washington. It is within Middle Fork Snoqualmie Natural Resources Conservation Area. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 3,884 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,900 feet. Near the end of the trail is an information board. This trail connects with the following: Grouse Ridge Way, Mailbox South Trail and Mailbox Peak Trail.

Mailbox Peak Primitive Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Once reserved for the elite club of people who knew about it, the climb up Mailbox Peak is now open to anyone willing to pay the price in sweat and muscle to reach the top. In return for their efforts, hikers will be rewarded with a sea of wildflowers in season, 360-degree views of the western Cascades and Mount Rainier.

Mailbox Peak was unknown to the general public for a long time, the trail and mountain traditionally unmarked on most maps. With a top elevation of less than 5,000 feet, the summit was easily overlooked by most hikers, who instead headed to several more-famous destinations along the Snoqualmie River Valley."

"Wimpy hikers, turn the page. This trail offers nothing for you but pain and heartbreak. If you think you’ve got the goods to scramble up more than 1000 feet per mile, read on. Mailbox Peak brings a serious burn to the thighs of even the best-conditioned athletes, but the rewards make it all worthwhile.

From the top of this jutting lump of rock, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the lower Snoqualmie River valleys. The entire Issaquah Alps range sprawls at your feet, with the rocky-topped Mount Si directly across the Middle Fork Valley and the sheer wall of Rattlesnake Ledge just across the South Fork Valley. After soaking in the views, pull the summit register out and leave your signature—you’ll find the tattered pages of a notebook in an old metal mailbox wedged above the summit rocks."

Mailbox Peak Primitive Trail Reviews

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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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3/12/2018
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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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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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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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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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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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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

Activity Feed

Nov 2018