Jan 03, 2009
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Mailbox Peak
- Region: Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
- Agency: Mt. Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest - Snoqualmie District
- Avg Rating: 4.26
- Be Aware Of
- Snow on trail
The trail up to the point it breaks out of the forest consists of a few inches of snow on top of hard ice. Crampons were helpful (we wore them from the car to the summit and back). From there, deep powder is encountered up and over the boulder field and to the summit. Some postholing on the boulder field, a little on the final pitches, not as troublesome as some years. Snowshoes might have been better a few places, but overall I was happy with the crampons. Snow seemed stable enough; we saw no evidence of any slides.
Ice axes highly recommended for safety on the final pitches. The mailbox and summit are deeply buried. Summit quite cold and windy; down parka etc required.
The going is slow: ascent time nearly 4 hr (in summer we take 2 hr or a bit less); descent much quicker, about 2.5 hr.