Mailbox Peak

North Bend, Washington 98045

Mailbox Peak

Mailbox Peak Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Mailbox Peak Reviews

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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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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

North Bend
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
10
Distance
4,150 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
5 to 8 hours
Duration
Hikable late spring–fall, daily, sunrise–sunset
Season
750 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,900 feet
Top Elevation
Local Contacts
Green Trails Mount Si NRCA 206S; USGS Chester Morse Lake
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018