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Mailbox Peak

Snoqualmie Region

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Hiked May 11, 2019

Type of Hike

Day hike

Trail Conditions

Trail in good condition

Road

Road suitable for all vehicles

Bugs

No bugs

Snow

Snow free

From long time we were hearing about this famous hike to Mailbox Peak.  One fine sunny day we drove to Mailbox trail head by 9.00 am.  Trail head parking lot was full. We drove down the street. More than 50 cars were parked on the side of the road which made us to drive more than 1 mile ahead of trail head. That added 1 more mile for us from parking spot to trail head.  We started the hike around 10.00 am after parking hustle and spending time in queue at restroom.  The new trail is well maintained, wide ,starts with green cover of forests , bridges , water streams. Slowly incline steep hike starts.  Good comfortable clothes , hiking shoes and hiking poles are must.  After 4 miles of hiking in forest and tree line, new trail and old trail merges before boulder field.  Boulder field is well marked and easy to walk with properly arranged rocks that forms stairs.  The last portion of the climb is steep with 960 feet ascend in 0.75 miles.  Those who are scare of heights this portion may prove tricky and tough.  Saw many people using all four contacts to climb this last portion. I am proud of my son who made to the Mailbox peak.  It took us 4 hours to reach the peak with few minutes breaks during ascend.  It was sunny day with temperatures in 80 F plus.  Carry enough water and snacks for this hike.  For the first time we ran out of water on this hike. So I recommend carrying more than 2 litres of water for each person.  On the way down, we saw many people going bare handed without hiking essentials or water or food or backpack. If any one is starting on this hike in late afternoon, I will recommend carrying headlamps for descend in darkness. This hike can takes approx 4-5 hours for an expert hiker too. So don't under estimate the need of water and food. This hike will surely give you sore muscles and is killer exercise for  your legs. 

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