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Mailbox Peak (New) Trail is a 10.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near North Bend, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 10.3 mi Elevation gain 4,015 ft Route type Out & Back

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Getting There

Please note: road may close seasonally. A Discover Pass is required for this trail.

Discover Pass required. There are two parking lots, upper and lower. There are restrooms at both lots

Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) PO Box 47000 1111 Washington Street SE Olympia, WA 98504-7000 http://www.dnr.wa.gov

Take exit 34 from I-90. Head north on 468th Ave SE for approximately half a mile until the intersection with the SE Middle Fork Road. Turn right onto the Middle Fork Road. Follow SE Middle Fork Road 2.5 miles. Take the turnoff to the trailhead on the right and continue a short distance to the parking lot.

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Wendy McCann
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Hiking

We hiked the “new” trail both ways. We have heard some like to hike old trail up and new down- enjoyed this trek! We haven’t done a ton of hikes with this elevation so it was a butt kicker! The trail was not busy at all. Once we hit the rocks and open space there were 2 large groups coming down- we took a break had some lunch let them pass and made the rest of the climb! Only a couple people at the mailbox! Awesome day! Perfect temperature!

kaholoas .
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HikingBlowdownBugsNo shadeRockyScramble

This trail is essentially a bit of everything except flat. It is long, and trudge uphill. Most people do the old trail up and this new trail down. I did this trail both ways. You spend most of your time on a well maintained and fairly wide path that just goes forever uphill. You’re in the woods, so lots of shade. However, you also don’t get views until the top because of the trees. But, after the trail meets up with the old trail, the views open up. Shortly after, you hit the rock field. People talk about it like it’s the end of the trail, but it really isn’t. The rock field is a rough staircase made from the rocks. It, and everything above it is completely unshaded, but you get wide open views.The path is easy to follow, and the rocks are mostly solid. After the rocks, you hit the dirt/rock combo that’s super steep. And then you reach the top, with the mailbox and 360 views! I climbed starting at 7:30am and got back tommy car at 4:30pm. I’m a slow hiker, took lots of water breaks, and ate lunch at the top, which took about 30 minutes. It’s up and then down. So, take water and food, be prepared for a trek, and consider the weather. If it were wet, icy, or windy, the top could be dangerous. I say this because the trail is super popular, and people don’t always realise how hard it is as well. Be safe, and remember to pack out your trash!

Amelia Heppner
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Hiking

I was actually looking for a different trail but Apple Maps lead to me this parking lot, so up I went! Not too bad of an incline most of the way up, nice and steady, with a few steep switchbacks here and there. I didn’t think the scenery was that cool, but there is a nice little peekaboo of Rainier right before the the rock wall. Okay the rock wall is never ending, but its way less intimidating than it looks. I thought following the trail would be harder but it’s pretty easy to see. Just center yourself every once in a while hahah. It gets pretty steep the closer you get to the top, it’s a bit of a scramble, but woooowwwiiieeee the view is incredible.

Daniil Karpov
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Hiking

This is definitely a difficult trail, but it’s totally worth it. The view at the top is absolutely amazing! I went up on the old trail, and down on the new trail, and the experience was great overall. Recommend it to anyone who’s down for a challenge!

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mike w
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Delaney Schroeder
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HikingGreat!

Hiked on a Sunday so I thought there would be fewer hikers but I got there around 9:30 and the parking lot was entirely full, had to drive an extra 3/4 of a mile for a spot. Great shady hike with beautiful nature, and awesome views at the top! Bit of a scramble right at the end but honestly I didn't think it was as bad as other reports seem, poles help a lot in those areas. A couple of bugs bothered us but nothing too bad. Up took us around 4 hours, about 3 to get down, with a lot of small stops to look at plants! Last thing, almost everybody wore a mask when passing each other, be courteous and remember a mask!

Evan Steiner
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Giovany Lopez
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HikingBugs

Took the old path up and it wasn’t too shabby. Pretty easy to find your way to the top. Lowkey it’s a hard hike tho lol. Some bugs get annoying but that’s about it.

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Shawn Tompke
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Hiking

Awesome trail! We went up the steep trail (old trail) and ran down the switch backs (new trail). Beautiful view of mt Rainer at the top! Very much worth it!!! Really cool stairs on the rock section before the top as well.

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Emma Nally
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HikingBugs

Took the shorter/steeper trail up, and the longer more mild trail down. This was one of the harder ones I’ve down in WA so far, but the view was incredible. Took about five hours total going pretty slow up. A little buggy close to the top until the trees open up. Overall, great hike and not too crowded!

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Zoe Vigna
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble

If you go up the old traIl, I would 100% recommend polls. I ended up finding two large walking sticks to use, and I don’t think I could’ve done it without them- It is pretty much a straight vertical climb. I am in good shape and wanted to die. But the views of the top we’re nice and I ran down the new trail so it made for a really good hike. Definitely consider this difficult if you start with the old trail

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Jim F
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HikingRockyScramble
Amber Grimmer
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Hiking

Beautifully renovated trail with gorgeous views of mountains at the top! It’s fun to peek inside of the mailbox to look through what others have left behind and to check out the stickers. Feel free to do are something cool or meaningful! There was a mountain goat chilling at the top with the hikers for a good half hour! Do not be tempted to take the old trail up or down. It is not maintained and has been washed out. Very dangerous and it’s likely that you’ll end your hike in an injury.

Dali A
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Hiking

Got their at 7:20 on a Sunday with lower lot full and upper lot 1/3 way full. Great hike and very steep going up the old trail practically always going straight up and easy to navigate. Definitely got tired at the end to finally get to peak. Views were great!!!!

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Michelle Edmondson
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Hiking

Such a great hike with a 360* view at the top! We went up old trail and jogged/walked down the new trail. Highly recommended going that route. Enjoy your hike, can’t wait to go again!!!

Adam B
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Hiking

Great trail! Went on my second ever hike here unknowingly of the difficulty and strategy required, but have no regrets and no true complaints. Definitely an ass kicker, and the last mile up is no joke. Took almost 7 hours round trip with a 30 minute lunch break at the top. Just be careful with the rocks because some were loose at the end (:

ingrid chiang
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Kate Flowers
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Hiking

Loved it!!! It was definitely a great workout.

David Jones
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Jacqueline Snow
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

Kicked our butts (2 early 20 year olds) but man was the top pretty. I don’t think I’d recommend small kids. It’s pretty steep

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