Aug 17, 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
- No water source
Trail conditions were good, no real mud, lots of bugs including super-annoying flying ants. Don't expect this hike to be as well groomed as Mt. Si... Very few stairs here, so you'll be mostly climbing over root structures and clinging to trees for balance. You're pretty much on your own here, and there are some segments (near the middle) where it is quite easy to lose your way. Look out for the diamonds on the trees marking the continuation of the trail. Several steep segments where the dirt seemed quite lose and "dusty"--almost sand consistency--make sure you come with quality hiking boots with grippy tread, you will need it. Also, bring more water than you think you will need. I went through over three liters getting to the top, and actually didn't quite pack enough so I was somewhat dehydrated on the way down. There is a small creek at the base of the hike to refill, but you will have to pack your water from that point. Trekking poles are also highly recommended. I used them on both the climb and descent and they provided a second set of feet for the tenuous, steeper segments and also took some of the load off the feet on the way down.
Make no bones about it, this is a very difficult hike. No easy segments. Straight up, and then it only gets steeper at the top. But a very rewarding view once you conquer it.