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Mailbox Peak Trail

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Trail

9.7 mile 15.5 kilometer out and back
67% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 3,848' 1,173 m
Descent: -3,848' -1,173 m
High: 4,614' 1,406 m
Low: 841' 256 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 15% (9°)
Max Grade: 66% (33°)

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Trail shared by Jackie Clark

An infamous (easier) run with a mailbox (maintained by volunteers) at the top!

Jackie Clark

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Overview

This trail is an easier route up to see the infamous Mailbox at the top of a peak. The old trail, now known as Mailbox Peak Primitive Trail, is still there, it's just a lot more difficult than this newly-constructed trail.

Need to Know

With the new trail also came parking for 60 and bathrooms at the trailhead.

Discover Pass required.

Description

The lower part of the trail contains a couple of bridges and small creek crossings, followed by several miles of switchbacks (nearly doubling the length of the OLD trail), containing a few more creeks to cross - waterproof footwear suggested. The last half-mile meets with the OLD trail to take you up the last steep ascent to the Mailbox.

From the top are great views of the nearby Granite and Bandera Mountains. As with most peak runs in this area, the view of Rainier is captivating.

Be sure to take a look in the Mailbox as visitors leave all sorts of messages and surprises!

History & Background

The OLD trail up Mailbox was a rite of passage in many ways, is still frequently used to train for mountaineering ascents. However, after numerous injuries, and rescues, and increased erosion, DNR invested in creating a more gentle trail to the infamous Mailbox.

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Aug 5, 2019
Postyn Smith
9.7mi — 2h 25m
Jul 12, 2019
David Leech
Trail in great condition. Someone had kindly left water at the top! 10mi — 3h 20m
Jul 7, 2019
Mathias Garrett
Trail a bit wet but not bad, souls of trial runners got eaten up, pretty rocky last 2 miles. Fun decent. 9.8mi — 3h 01m
Jul 1, 2019
Maureen Elizabeth
10.2mi — 3h 24m
May 15, 2019
Matt Catallo
No snow, clean path. The top is always difficult, but still runnable if you are careful. — 2h 00m
Jan 12, 2019
Andrea Scott
Oct 12, 2018
Tara Brown
Birthday hike with Adam! 12.3mi
Aug 25, 2018
Ella Ratliff
10.7mi

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 48 votes

#2

in North Bend

#145

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  4.5 from 48 votes
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#2

in North Bend

#11

in Washington

#145

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6,625 Since May 28, 2015
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Photos

Goodies!  At Mailbox Peak.
Jun 22, 2015 near Riverbend, WA
Mailbox Peak summit photo
May 29, 2015 near Riverbend, WA
There "she" is!
Jun 22, 2015 near Riverbend, WA
Infamous Mailbox on a snowy November day.
May 29, 2015 near Riverbend, WA
Last stretch up!
Jun 22, 2015 near Riverbend, WA
A few reassuring white diamonds to mark the way.
May 29, 2015 near Riverbend, WA

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