Jul 06, 2012
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Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
Mt. Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest - Snoqualmie District
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My friend Jennifer signing us in on the summit roster. This was around midnight.
Trails are in great shape (Mailbox Peak standards) with very little mud holes along the trail and absolutely ZERO snow all the way to the summit. We did a night time hike and staying on the trail was super easy thanks to the reflective diamonds that are located on the trees. The climb is relentless but if you have good company with you then some good conversation makes the climb fly by. Once you are above the tree line the real climb begins! It’s pretty much a scramble/hike all the way to the summit. You can hit the summit via the boulder field which is considered the "snow" route but since there was no snow we decided to stick to the trail proper. It took us about 2 hours or a little less to summit. No wind, clear skies made it for one awesome hike! Take time to eat and drink while soaking in the views! So silent and so still made it feel like we were on a completely different planet. The full moon lite up the night time sky highlighting the mountain ranges to the east. Descending is not as bad as most people say it is. Just take your time and be smart about where you step. Trekking poles could be of assistance but not necessary. Again, the reflective diamonds provided a safe return back to the trailhead. If you have never done Mailbox Peak at night time I highly recommend it! Mailbox Peak is pretty straight forward without too many technical spots but inexperienced hikers should not make this their first night time hike.