Jul 21, 2012
- 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
- Why You Should Go Now
- Wildflowers blooming
- Be Aware Of
As everyone says, the hike takes far longer than you might expect. You should consider that 4 hours will be the MINIMUM roundtrip time, but the average hiker will find 6-7 hours more adequate.
There wasn't a lot of traffic, though I expected more on a Saturday without rain. The trail is pretty well marked if you're observant, but it's still easy to get lost if you're staring at your feet the whole time. A lot of the hikers were using trekking poles, which is probably a good idea if you haven't thought of that yet. Be aware though that coming down is almost harder than going up. As steep as it is, your knees will take a beating, even if you're going slow.
All in all though, I had a great time and would do it again ... once I get the spring back in my knees :)
P.S. Be aware, when you reach the sign for the trail, that you need to take the trail to the right of the sign, and not keep going on the gravel trail. A few people (including myself) made that mistake to start off.