Mailbox Peak (Old) Trail is a 4.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near North Bend, Washington that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,989 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

forest

views

muddy

rocky

snow

1 month ago

Great trail! I use it as a training trail and hike it around 20 times a year. Tough hike and difficult run down. Views are stunning when the weather is clear.

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2 months ago

Mailbox Peak is not complete until you've traversed Old Trail. It's a monster of a hike. It will test your abilities and your mental fortitude. If you're serious about hiking, and want a true challenge, take a swing at Old Trail. It requires some route finding as the trail can easily be lost with the many, many switch-backs that you must endure. After you reach the boulder field, you'll still have quite a bit of hike left over. It's a great challenge for anyone really interested in hiking in Washington State.

2 months ago

Take it on Hikers-for passionate in shape hikers only. An awesome challenge up and down....you will feel like you really did something today.
Get out there.

2 months ago

This trail(old trail) was no joke. Make sure you take plenty of water and some electrolyte or potassium supplements. It took me 3.5 hours to go 2.6 miles. Pretty humbling experience. If you aren't in great shape I recommend taking the new trail which is significantly easier.

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2 months ago

First attempt didn't make it. Very hot day and underestimated the difficulty of the trail. Went back 2 weeks later and knocked it out! Very steep! Cloudy and smokey when we went up, so didn't see much of the view, but the days goal was the climb.

2 months ago

challenging hike with awesome views, I did it during winter. When it is covered with snow, the last 2000ft you pretty much realize you are walking on the trees.

3 months ago

The old trail is a beast itself, but the hardest part is after joining with the new trail and breaking through the tree line. The open talus slope may seem promising in terms of proximity to the summit; however, the most difficult portion of the trail lies beyond the crest of the rock section. Be prepared for a very steep final ascent to the summit that’s out in the open, dusty, rocky, and certainly capable of making you reach your breaking point.

3 months ago

It was an amazing hike first time and fell in love.. Recommended!!!

hiking
3 months ago

Recommended if you want an ass kicker.

3 months ago

Very challenging hike. I definitely recommend having your poles with you and extra water. The last stretch of the hike is painful, but the views are worth it. Huge bug problem around the mailbox, I’m assuming from some type of food being left in the box.

3 months ago

Fun workout and views but very crowded

4 months ago

Arrive early to get a parking spot and bring repellent. If you are training go Old trail up, and to save your knees go down on New trail. Note, make sure you follow the hexagon signs on the trees as you go up Old trail. Enjoy the gorgeous views at the top and have a wonderful hike.

4 months ago

Wow, what a workout! The view was amazing!
Old trail up, Old trail down, toes haven’t forgiven me yet. Hardest trail I ever hiked.

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4 months ago

Hiked up the old trail on a misty/rainy morning for the first time. The trail was muddy and slick in spots, but approach shoes provided secure footing. The trail was difficult to navigate in some areas. It seemed like there were a number of alternate routes. Look for the reflective white diamonds for the most direct route. Overall, the trail was a whole lot of fun. Very diverse steps/obstacles along a pretty steep grade. Given the rain, I took the new trail down but I plan to try old trail down on a dry day. Highly recommended trail to evaluate your cardio while having a blast.

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5 months ago

Pretty hard hike! Nearly 4,000 ft in elevation in about 2.3 miles. Coming down is a knee buster as well. We did the old trail up and then took the new trail down. Saved our knees and helped with time. Overall the hike took us 5.5 hours with some breaks on the way up and 30 mins of taking in the views at the top. 10/10 would hike again.

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6 months ago

Waters gone. Legs are noodles. Missing a few toes and body fluid. Old trail is no joke kids.

6 months ago

great time!

6 months ago

Hiked the old trail up on Saturday and took the new trail down. Very steep and challenging hike.. It was snowing when I reached the summit. The weather is unpredictable up top so be prepared. I saw people turning around due to having sneakers and shorts on.

6 months ago

Old trail both ways. Challenging and steep. Nearly all the snow has melted except for the peak. Grey today but hope to come and hike again when it’s clear. Bring something for the mailbox

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8 months ago

Don’t believe your experienced friends when they tell you this is an easy hike. It’s very challenging. Especially when you get up to the bolder field and if you step off the trail, you’ll sink up to your waist in snow. But when you’re sitting up at the peak, checking the mail, the view is flabbergasting.

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8 months ago

Great hike!

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9 months ago

This is a five star hike as its one of the best short elevation hikes around. Were as you dont always have a view and the trail is a little rooted and snowy, this hike is incredible in my opinion. I have no clue why they spent all that money adding an easy way up rather then adding another trail to the system where there wasnt one. This hike used to mean something if you tackled this old trail. Now its another church hike like Mt Si

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Most brutal hike I've ever done. The old trail is a tedious 2.5 miles up 4000ft elevation. Experienced hikers only and do not attempt if you just had a leg day at the gym.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Went up and down both on old trail. Trail is very easy to follow. Trail is not marked but if you flow the diamond signs on trees

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Fantastic hike. Great workout. Views fantastic though unfortunately smoke from the fire does inhibit see peaks in the far distance but still great 360. I did clockwise on the loop rather than counter clockwise. I thought it was rough going up 1000ft/mile but as I came down the steeper portion was completely in awe at those doing the 4000ft elevation gain in 2 miles. Definitely a great hike to to build stamina for something bigger. Am looking to climb Rainier next year and used this trail as a gauge for my health since I'm from the east coast and just getting into hiking in depth. 21/2 hrs going up 11/2 coming down with breaks. Look forward to doing more hikes else where and come back to use trail as a gauge.

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