Mailbox Peak Trail Loop

HARD 383 reviews

Mailbox Peak Trail Loop is a 7.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near North Bend, Washington that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3989 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

old growth

Mailbox Peak loop is a challenging hike in the North Bend area that combines the Old Trail with the New Trail created by the Department of Natural Resources. To reach the trailhead from Seattle, travel east on I-90 to exit 34. Turn left onto 468th Ave and travel 0.4 miles. Turn right onto Middle Fork Road. The road should split and rejoin after 2.1 miles, travel 0.3 more miles and look for roads on your right. The pavement ends at a Y where a gate is. Drive up through the gate about 500 ft, and you'll find the parking area. Take the blue gated gravel road (walk) 0.4 mi, trailhead is on the left and is well marked. The Old Trail is very challenging with sharp inclines all the way up through forest. The trail was easy to follow until about 3000ft where it gets covered by falling pines and leaves. Luckily the white diamond trail markers are well placed and easy to follow. Once the Old Trail meets the New Trail it's pretty straight forward from there although still very steep and challenging. Once you reach the boulder field the rest of the trail is quite exposed so dress accordingly and be prepared. It is a very quick and fun hike up through rocks and boulders and wild flowers. The top is breath taking, especially on a clear day, with views of Mount Rainier and the Middle Fork Valley below. To return, take the New Mailbox Peak Trail down back to the parking area. The parking lot gate gets closed at 9 PM daily and you must have a Discover Pass to park.

hiking
12 days ago

Went up the old trail. Rain all the way, snow at the top. A semi whiteout at the summit. But the workout was great.

Completed this tail on the 31st of January. It was snowing but the absolutely amazing. The snow was stable so we were able to walk on it without sinking.

Recommended winter hiking trail.. just be armored with the proper hiking gears and snack..

hiking
23 days ago

Icy, windy. I should have brought face protection for the exposed hills.
Traction important. I fell through snow in several places. Not many people on this day.

1 month ago

Definitely a intense hike, tried to do a sunrise but took longer than planned to get to the top. Went up new trail and down old. And boy are my knees sore from going down old trail! Fair warning!
But the view at the top! Well worth it! No need for spikes at the moment.

1 month ago

Awesome hike! Old trail is a beast and new trail down was perfect on the knees. Put on microspikes right after the boulder field.

1 month ago

A must do on a hike bucket list. Old trail both ways.

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely hardest thing I have done in a long time but so worth it! I didn’t have show spikes or else it would have been much easier so prepare for weather better than I did! Took quite a few hours but I could have stayed at the top forever.

1 month ago

Great work out & views. Typically take 2.5 mile shortcut (old trail) up and 5.0 mile (new trail) down. All season trail. Recommend bringing spikes during winter.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this hike. Did this in July and forgot to log it.. The Mrs, the teen and even my trusted Chocolate lab made the trip.. Great 360 degree view

2 months ago

It’s definitely worth to go to the top! Amazing view!

3 months ago

Hiked this incredible trail back in August. Will get your glutes and quads screaming...especially the last 250 feet. Beautiful views at the top. Hike up the new trail if you want a more gradual incline..old trail is straight up and down. Rugged...love thinking about all the history on the old trail! Enjoy!

hiking
3 months ago

Despite the rainy weather the trail was very busy.

backpacking
4 months ago

Great hike just fallow the reflectors

4 months ago

fuq you mailbox original trail. I love you. but fuq you.

hiking
4 months ago

Last part is a doozy

hiking
5 months ago

Bring poles!!!

5 months ago

One of my favorite hikes by far! Did it in April so there was quite a bit of snow. Challenging but with beautiful views at the top!

hiking
5 months ago

Deadly

5 months ago

Old trail is very challenging

hiking
5 months ago

Most of this hike up an extremely boring very packed dirt trail (probably old logging road) with nothing to see until the very top which is pretty. The trail has no interesting terrain or variation and you look at devastated forrest with only evergreens where selective logging was done. Most of the trees were never fully removed and are fallen and rotting. The top of the hike is mostly rock and finally something interesting to climb with a challenge. I don't understand any good reviews of this hike except that they are hikers who don't venture out beyond the area much. Yes its a good work out but not worth the visit at all.

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