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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
Dogs on leash Hiking Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs Muddy Rocky Snow
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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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Kamal Ahmed
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HikingGreat!

Great day and great weather to do mailbox peak. We arrived to the trailhead at 7 AM and the overflow parking was already full. But the gate was just got opened by the Ranger and the main parking was empty. We hiked up and down on the new trail. It’s been a while since I’ve done it. The slope is really mild except for the last stretch where it merges with the old trail about 0.6 mi. But in general it’s a very long one and you have to be prepared. It’s a great workout. The view was half cloudy and half visible! We couldn’t see Mount Rainier when we were there but on a clear day it’s very beautiful. It’s best to do this hike hiking up using the old trail and down using the new trail.

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Morgan User
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Jana Macklin
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The AllTrails app glitched on my first recording down. But worked good the second half. Great day going down new trail!

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Greg Duplantier
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Very wet. Very fun. Embrace the switchbacks!

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Martin Boothroyd
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Leah Ruiz
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For me, a beginner and out of shape, and unprepared during the rain and getting there at 3pm. It was way too difficult. I really suggest going in the morning so you have time to take breaks, as well as, going when it’s not raining and having really good hiking boots. It’s beautiful and great hike

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Mark Aloisio
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Nina Ayuson
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Well maintained, we took this route going down, it was too long for me, wish we went down the old trail instead. We went up the old trail and it was extremely hard, but a good butt-kicker :)

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Lena White
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Please be sure to bring more water than you think you will need. It starts out gently. Beautiful greenery with a few cuts across a spring. It was nice and cool under the shade. We took breaks wherever necessary, and had a few tiny snacks on the way up as well. The last stretch is a doozy. Put on your sunblock because here comes exposure! I REALLY thought the rock scramble was well done! It is clear the love that went into creating that path for future climbers. If your knees aren’t great, make sure and wrap them for the homestretch. It is a bit dusty and a little slippery because of it. Once to the top, take the well deserved break and have lunch. We were lucky, there were only 3 other people up top with us the whole time! Made it down the scramble quicker than I had thought, although it did seem that the last 3 1/2 back down through the woods doubled in length. Am I glutton for punishment and will be back to try the old path as well though? You bet!

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Robert Tindell
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Too easy compared to the old trail. The people blasting their music sucks. I need rap music on a trail like I need a kick in the head.

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Christine Lewis
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Xiyun Liu
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It’s a long hike. Not steep but long, especially when going down Next time will need to go old trail up and new trail down.

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Lori Livingston
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HikingGreat!

Perfect views at the top!! We went for the sunrise and it wasn’t busy at all. Only saw people on the way down (about half wearing masks). It was windy near the top so we had to take it a little slower because it got a little sketch in some parts. Highly recommend!

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Viraj Deshpande
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HikingFeeGreat!

This trail is worth all the hard work for its gorgeous views from the top and also along the way (after ~3.5 miles). Try to reach as early as you can, ample parking at trailhead (with Discover Pass) or just outside along the road (free of cost). Trail begins with fork to Old and New trails. Old trail is bit narrow and bit more challenging. I took a new trail and it was all covered in woods throughout for ~3/3.5 miles. Trail is wide and has good ups and downs terrain. Make sure you carry ample water (preferably with some electrolyte) as you will start burning yourself for last 1/1.5 miles stretch. Last stretch starts with steep uphill in wooded area, then rocky mountain which has good steps createted but watch out for loose rocks. This is also bit steep. After rocky patch there is another steep patch to get to Mailbox. Downhill is also challenging especially the first 1/1.5 miles of stretch. After that trail is easy. New trail backwards is less steep compared to old.

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Shelita Lawson
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Solo King
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Joseph ferrara
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Stephen Liao
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Great workout. Most of the trail is pleasant and shady in the forest. The last part after the rocks was steep and challenging, but it’s okay if you take little breaks on the way up.

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Ali Saffari
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Dave Peck
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Challenge yourself. Dont be afraid of the "hard" designation or the large elevation gain. The new trail is very well maintained. The majority of the hike is in the shade. Bring your water/lunch, notes for the mailbox and your fortitude. The final push from the base of the rocks is a doozy for outta shape hikers like myself, but worth it as usual. Good stuff!

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Lea V
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Caryn Carter
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Vasu C
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The trail is intense at the top especially if you are scared of heights. But a great workout.

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jess w
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pretty great but the last half mile kills your soul. also weekends are pretty crowded. we are not experienced hikers and we just wore trail running shoes and did fine. Also the mailbox itself is absolutely disgusting. It's like a shrine to garbage.

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Money Shergill
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Awesome trail. Started early and finished in 7 hours. Now there seems to be 2 mailboxes. A

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Nuvia Lopez
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Thought!! A really good hike.

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Emily Howard
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My favorite hike without a doubt. You’ll need to be in great shape to hike this trail and the peak. Once you get to the top it’s panoramic views. Absolutely stunning! Bring bug spray because there are bugs at the mailbox that will eat you alive. Also just know there are two parking lots for the peak. There’s one at the bottom which you’ll see first from the road, but if you drive up the hill in that first parking lot it will take you to the second one to the right.

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