Apr 13, 2012
Apr 14, 2012 09:21 PM
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
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Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
Mt. Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest - Snoqualmie District
picture from the mailbox peak summit with a view of the mountaineer
As expected this was a real tough hike. I hiked solo and it took me over 3.5 hours to get up to the summit. The last mile or so was mostly covered in snow. Traction devises are highly recommended; especially the last stretch to the summit was really steep and I had fallen several times even with my crampons on. With the beautiful weather on Friday, the view on top was just gorgeous and definitively was worthwhile the effort. With such a steep and mostly maintained trail, going down wasn't easy neither; especially on the knees! I started around 8:15AM and there was only 1 person ahead of me with 2 more gentlemen who followed after a few minutes which I got to hike a portion of the trail with Fred (it was nice to meet you Fred!)
Overall I loved doing this tough hike as it is a great exercise and make all my other past hikes look pretty moderate in difficulty.
By the way the actual mailbox was fully buried in snow and the only thing I could see was a big hole in the ground, maybe somebody tried to get to it before..