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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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Oct 13, 2019
Ana Ramirez Alcantar
Oct 5, 2019
Rachel Dier
Oct 5, 2019
Shawn Dier
Long climb to a fun peak. Mailbox was fun to explore though. GPS clocked this at 14 miles car to car. Not sure that accurate though. — 5h 35m
Sep 28, 2019
Wenmei Dong
Aug 24, 2019
Chelsea Hillis
Great well maintained trail. Incline is greater within the last mile to the top. We saw goat up there too! 12mi — 5h 31m
Aug 17, 2019
William Marcus
Aug 17, 2019
Nichole Snorteland
10mi
Aug 3, 2019
Kenny Immanuel

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  4.5 from 47 votes

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Photos

Goodies!  At Mailbox Peak.
Jun 22, 2015 near Riverbend, WA
Mailbox Peak summit photo
May 29, 2015 near Riverbend, WA
There "she" is!
Jun 22, 2015 near Riverbend, WA
Infamous Mailbox on a snowy November day.
May 29, 2015 near Riverbend, WA
Last stretch up!
Jun 22, 2015 near Riverbend, WA
Cloudy day on Mailbox Peak.
Nov 2, 2016 near Riverbend, WA

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