Mailbox Peak via Old and New Trail Loop

based on 893 tracks & routes #3 hike out of 23 in
7.7 mi
Distance
2 hrs 59 min
Time
terrain
3,947 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is a difficult loop trail to Mailbox Peak in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

This is an alternate route for Mailbox Peak.

Sights to See

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    james98122 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    Old trail up, new trail down. Look for the diamonds on the old trail heading up and bring a bright flashlight to find them (they are reflective). It is difficult and rewarding. The new trail is maintained very well and is easier on the knees going down. Bring a gift for the mailbox! ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Public Tracks

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Nicholas Heilweil 4 years, 7 months ago
Rob: Mailbox Peak

Finally decided to try this, after hearing the horror stories for so long. We actually did this by accident. Went their looking for another trail that leaves from the same trailhead, bit couldn't find it, so we went back to the car and ditched our heavy gear. Definotely a leg burner... this is the same elevation as Big Si, but half the distance, so much steeper. Hard to fond any real trail once you hit the upper tree-line. People just blaze their own, so when in Rome... Once you hit the halfway point, everyone pretty much grinds to the same slow pace, so you end up leap-frogging eachother the rest of the way. Slow and steady is about all you can do here, but it's worth it. Once you clear the tree line, it seems like the rocky outcropping is the peak, bit no... you get there and realize you're only halfway up. A final trudge rewards you with the old mailbox (i wanted to kiss the thing in triumph)! Amaaaaaazing 360 degree views at the top, but enjoy the rest, because going down seems even harder at that steep angle. We ran small portions, but it's tough to run... with so many roots and so steep.

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robert.arora 4 years, 7 months ago
Mailbox Peak

Finally decided to try this, after hearing the horror stories for so long. We actually did this by accident. Went their looking for another trail that leaves from the same trailhead, bit couldn't find it, so we went back to the car and ditched our heavy gear. Definotely a leg burner... this is the same elevation as Big Si, but half the distance, so much steeper. Hard to fond any real trail once you hit the upper tree-line. People just blaze their own, so when in Rome... Once you hit the halfway point, everyone pretty much grinds to the same slow pace, so you end up leap-frogging eachother the rest of the way. Slow and steady is about all you can do here, but it's worth it. Once you clear the tree line, it seems like the rocky outcropping is the peak, bit no... you get there and realize you're only halfway up. A final trudge rewards you with the old mailbox (i wanted to kiss the thing in triumph)! Amaaaaaazing 360 degree views at the top, but enjoy the rest, because going down seems even harder at that steep angle. We ran small portions, but it's tough to run... with so many roots and so steep.

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PNWRich 2 years, 11 months ago
PNWRich: Mailbox Peak

Up the old trail and down the new. There was a lot of untouched blowdown on the new trail - also a lot more snow.

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Melissa Prager 8 months, 3 weeks ago
Mailbox

Solo in mountaineering boots after skiing to Muir yesterday

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angelatravels 8 months, 1 week ago
Mailbox Peak - Old to New Loop

Hiking with Eric and Jodie

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