Mailbox Peak Trail Loop

HARD 267 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
4192 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

old growth

From Seattle, 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 see a new parking lot. Take the blue gated gravel road (walk) 0.4 mi, trailhead is on the left and is well marked. Note: the parking lot gate gets closed at 9 PM daily.

41 seconds ago

Spectacular views! My husband and I did it in early April. Lots if snow half of the way up.

hiking
1 day ago

trail running
2 days ago

5 days ago

started at 7am yesterday morning. i would suggest waterproof hiking shoes, wet and muddy in quite a few spots. it was about 5-6 miles one way up the new trail but its a beautiful hike. hiking up the big rocks towards the end wasnt an issue, rounding the corner to see a much steeler climb to the actual summit was a cruel and unsual punishment but well worth it. we didnt use poles but i would suggest them for this one if you wanna save your knees. i was a little worried bringing my dog on this one but he did pretty well. i would bring a jacket for the top, it got a little cold kinda fast.

hiking
8 days ago

Went up Mailbox last night -- up the old and down the new. Definitely a steep, steep trail covering over 4K of elevation in less than 2.5 miles. It's a butt-kicker, but for those training for Rainier, it's a must. To start up the old trail, you must pass the new trail start (kiosk, overhang, map, warnings, etc.). The trail goes straight up, but for those who get lost often, follow the white diamond trail markers. Left the parking lot around 5:30 and reached the summit 2 hours later. Views were beautiful. Be sure to bring layers if you intend to stay at the top and take in the view - it gets cold quick.

Took the old trail down and booked it around a 14:00/mile. Definitely a slog down after a quick trip up. However, the knees and joints will thank you for taking the new trail down. Significantly less steep and lots of switchbacks.

9 days ago

hiking
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10 days ago

The new trail is longer but a lot more manageable of a hike. I hiked up the new trail and down the old trail. Old trail is very steep and has lots of roots. Beautiful sights once you reach the top.

12 days ago

Tough hike but so worth it

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hiking
17 days ago

Great conditioner with easy access off the 90!

hiking
17 days ago

One of the most challenging hikes I've done ✅

18 days ago

Beautiful day for Mailbox! Clear skies, perfect view of Mt Rainier. Not too crowded on Monday. Started the trail around 9:15am and lower lot was starting to fill up. Upper lot was not open. Old Trail up and New trail down. We hiked for 5 hours round trip, not counting about 30 minutes to relax and enjoy the view from the summit. Trail was dry. Great day and great workout!

hiking
18 days ago

6/5/2017 (Monday) -- Sunny, 52-65F, Cool, moderate traffic. 5-5.5 miles one way. The trail is in good condition, dry, no mud, no snow, no downfall, no bug. The last half mile to the top is steep, but the steps across the talus field are perfectly built. Many thanks to the trail builders.

hiking
18 days ago

We hiked the new trail up and took the old trail down. New trail is about 5 miles but not as steep and the old trail is about 2.5 miles but definitely steeper. We really enjoyed the new trail and will consider taking the old trail up and new trail down next time.

Great!