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blueBlack Mailbox Peak Trail

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Trail

9.7 mile 15.5 kilometer out and back
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 3,848' 1,173 m
Descent: -3,848' -1,173 m
High: 4,614' 1,406 m
Low: 841' 256 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 15% (9°)
Max Grade: 66% (33°)

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Trail shared by Jackie Clark

An infamous (easier) hike with a mailbox (maintained by volunteers) at the top!

Jackie Clark

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Overview

This trail is an easier route up to see the infamous Mailbox at the top of a peak. The old trail, now known as Mailbox Peak Primitive Trail, is still there, it's just a lot more difficult than this newly-constructed trail.

Need to Know

With the new trail also came parking for 60 and bathrooms at the trailhead.

Discover Pass required.

Description

The lower part of the trail contains a couple of bridges and small creek crossings, followed by several miles of switchbacks (nearly doubling the length of the OLD trail), containing a few more creeks to cross - waterproof footwear suggested. The last half-mile meets with the OLD trail to take you up the last steep ascent to the Mailbox.

From the top are great views of the nearby Granite and Bandera Mountains. As with most peak hikes in this area, the view of Rainier is captivating.

Be sure to take a look in the Mailbox as visitors leave all sorts of messages and surprises!

History & Background

The OLD trail up Mailbox was a rite of passage in many ways, is still frequently used to train for mountaineering ascents. However, after numerous injuries, and rescues, and increased erosion, DNR invested in creating a more gentle trail to the infamous Mailbox.

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Jul 20, 2019
Lal W.
Hiked up the Old trail & descend thru new Mailbox trail. It's easy coming down but it took longer. Never been so eager to finish a hike til this day! 5.2mi — 3h 15m
Jul 19, 2019
Shun Kanazawa
12mi — 5h 44m
Jul 7, 2019
G C
215 down — 2h 15m
Jul 5, 2019
Farid Nasiri
sd 11mi
Jun 21, 2019
Heidi Nicole
Jun 8, 2019
Troy Han
Jun 2, 2019
Elias Mueggler
May 26, 2019
Wes Geisenberger

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