Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Middle Fork Snoqualmie Natural Resources Conservation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
snow
6 days ago

4/13, snow glows white on the mountain tonight. Not a footprint to be seen. A kingdom of isolation. And the mailbox, is the queen!

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
6 days ago

Awesome hike and good workout! We took the old trail up- wow. People aren’t kidding about how steep it is! We made it with only two or three breaks. The new trail down is probably easier on the knees but took so long! It was rainy and at the top it was completely covered in snow and basically blizzarding up there. We had our microspikes which saved us from many falls but we were grossly unprepared for the weather. I was soaked and cold by the end of the hike. I wish I had brought a warmer hat and water proof gloves. Wear clothes for snowy conditions at the top!

My 8 year old and I really enjoyed this trail. Definitely will be coming back on a clearer day.

A good workout!

hiking
muddy
snow
13 days ago

This is a great workout! I will keep it in mind for a training hike. There’s still snow further up on the trail. I saw several people manage without poles or micro spikes to the top which I did also but gave in and used them on the way down. It was much easier but more for safety. It was cloudy at the top but minimal wind today (4/7/19). I will definitely come up again when the weather is clearer and the snow has melted.

trail was a little wet/muddy but nothing bad. saw some families and dogs at the beginning. snow starts about 600' from the top. I brought spikes and was fine.

hiking
14 days ago

Windy and rainy. Old trail clear of snow. Some patch ok the new trail still.

Mailbox peak is one of my favorite hikes. We started early Saturday and therefore there was a lot of parking spots available unlike previous times when I did it.
It didn’t rain at all while we were on the trail! It was snowing a little bit when we were at 3/4th of the way up.

After we got to the last portion where there are no trees and rocky, there was a heavy wind and it made it harder to hike up. There was a thin layer of old snow/ice on the rocks that made it a bit slippery! So having micro-spikes makes it easier. The wind would carry small ice particle and hit our faces! That wasn’t very fun, and we had to kind of cover our faces.

The view was amazing though! Beautiful landscape. We didn’t stay long at the top since the wind made it fee really cold.

We took old trail up and newer trail down. Newer trail, at some parts, had some snow left but in general there isn’t much snow.

My AllTrails recording says 8.2 mi round trip for the loop. And a bit more than 4000 ft Elevation gain.

hiking
16 days ago

Did the old trail, great for training

The old trail up is an absolute unit. Towards the trail intersection at the top is melting snow, micro spikes or yaktraks recommended. The view is absolutely worth it. Took the new trail down, much more manageable in terms of it not being straight up.

one of my favorite hikes this far. Met great people, especially Sarah and Katherine who asked me to make this review. After the Balcony, it gets to heavy snow on the trail, also heavily packed on the more used path. Onlyhad hiking boots and was able to make it up and down, but had to slide and control my decent. Beautiful views. 4.5 hours in total with breaks for the view points along the way. Recommend poles

hiking
muddy
snow
20 days ago

Peak view not as spectacular as the work it took to hike through the snow.

Trail is great! No snow or mud.

hiking
rocky
snow
26 days ago

hiking
26 days ago

Hiked it Saturday. It was a great day for it. We started at 2:47 pm and at 5:00 pm we decided to head back, which was only 20 to 30 minutes to the top. We did not want to be hiking back in the dark. Snow was packed the last two miles. Micro spikes are a must, otherwise it will take all day to get there and back.

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
26 days ago

The drive to the trailhead was all clear roads with no snow. The first 1/3rd of the trail up to the balcony was clear of snow but a bit muddy in sections. The second 1/3rd of the trail was packed down snow but easy walked on with just boots. The last 1/3rd of the trail was very steep with deep snow and plenty of post holing. We used microspikes and did just fine. Sadly the view at the top was obscured by fog but on the way down we stopped through at the balcony and had a gorgeous view! Beautiful scenery and a lovely conditioner hike. No avalanche danger either so great for this time of year.

hiking
rocky
snow
26 days ago

The recording on the way up was via my watch and it failed. So this is only the way down :( We were slow today due to an inexperienced friend and the snow (no spikes). With no spikes and not in amazing shape we left the parking lot at 7:40 and arrived at peak at exactly 12:00. Snow was ample at the top and spikes will be very much appreciated but we made it without them. Just be prepared to slide down a bit on the way down. No snow about half way-ish. Snow was packed on trail.

Clear trail 90% of the way, no need for anything above tennies. Great views along the way through the clouds. Phone died half way down, about 2hrs round trip.

slushy and slippery snow on new trail..microspikes and hiking poles are a must

hiking
muddy
snow
1 month ago

Fairly soft snow. Was slushy at places in the beginning.

Was kneedeep off trail.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Parking filling up by 7:30 on a Saturday. Main lot still closed, overflow parking areas open.

You'll need/want microspikes and poles. Would not recommend hiking without. Did not spike up until about 0.6 mi in due to bare patches. Rest of trail is completely snowed over. Only one short section of fluffy snow, almost everything is packed down.

Snow footpath is quite uneven and potholed with foot prints for most of the trail, making it a little slower going than anticipated.

The drive to the trailhead is all cement. They did a good job plowing all the snow.

There is snow right from the start of the hike. Spikes strongly advised. The last 2 miles of the hike is pretty gruesome, as it’s all uphill. I came down pretty slow because of how steep it was and the amount of snow.

The snow is nicely padded on the trail so you don’t need snowshoes. The trail is pretty easy to follow despite the snow.

At the top the trail cuts off, but you can actually see Rainier if you continue on about 20 yards.

Crusty hardpacked snow to start and gradually got to powdery snow...knee deep towards top. Spikes and poles very useful. gorgeous day, nice hike

very nice day to hike. lots of icy snow. micro spikes were heaven.

Crampons needed, ice too hard for snowshoes. My first time. I liked mailbox better for the effort given.

trail running
snow
1 month ago

Trail was in great snowy condition. Snow was packed and crunchy on-trail and about ankle to knee deep off-trail. I was able to make it up and back down in just under 3 hours. Summit was cold and windy as expected. Gear: Hoka SpeedGoat 2, Salmon 5L pack (first-aid and food), and micro spikes. Great hike and highly recommended.

didn't make it to the lakes, still healing thigh and knee
Forgot to turn off recorder

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