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Mailbox Peak Trail

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


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9.7

Miles

15.5

KM

Out and Back

4,614' 1,406 m

High

841' 256 m

Low

3,848' 1,173 m

Up

3,848' 1,173 m

Down

15%

Avg Grade (9°)

66%

Max Grade (33°)

Dogs Leashed

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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Shared By:

Jackie Clark

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 58 votes

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in North Bend

#154

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Photos

Goodies!  At Mailbox Peak.
Jun 22, 2015 near Riverbend, WA
Almost at the top
Jul 14, 2020 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

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Oct 8, 2022
Brendan GY
Justin and I tackled Mailbox Peak
Sep 7, 2022
Tania Muñoz
Kanae Absalon y yo. Old trail ascent, new trail descent 9.9mi — 5h 43m
Jul 17, 2022
Sam Warner
5h 42m
Jul 9, 2022
Stefano Guidolin
2:07 up and 1:53 down. Though. 9.7mi — 4h 30m
Apr 9, 2022
Xzill Erationer
Jul 31, 2021
Vivek Bisen
Jul 14, 2021
Scott Lane
Jun 25, 2021
Jared Stewart
Great view of Mt Rainier from the top of Mailbox Peak. 11.4mi — 7h 03m

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