• Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    9.4 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    4000 Feet

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Groups
Scenic
Wildlife

This incredible, but tough hike offers fantastic views around the i-90 corridor near North Bend, and is within an hours drive of Seattle!

*Disclaimer this article is in regards to the newly built trail.* For the old trail, head to Hike Mailbox Peak

Just off of exit 34, Mailbox Peak offers a birds-eye view of the surrounding area. This hike begins at a mere 800 ft. above sea level and by the time you are done you are nearly touching the 5000 ft elevation. The elevation gain starts in the parking lot and it only gets steeper the higher you go up. 

You begin the hike on the northwest face of the mountain and continue on that side under the cover of forest until you finally reach the last stretch of the hike. There are few views on the way up until you reach the talus fields in the last quarter mile of this adventure. When in the talus field beware, your hiking poles will not agree with the various rocks here. 

Once at the top you have a 360º degree view of the surrounding area. Mt. Rainier is visible to the south and Mt. Baker, and Glacier Peak are both visible to the north while you have Chester Morse Lake, Rattlesnake Lake, and the Olympics to the west weather pending. 

All around this is an incredible hike and its popularity shows it.  

Pack List

  • Discover Pass
  • Boots or sturdy shoes
  • Backpack
  • 2 liters of water
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Hiking Poles
  • 10 Essentials 
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I hiked this in mid December after a period of no snow. There was still snow at the boulder field and above. I went up the new trail and down the old. It was only upon reaching the bottom (and losing the trail for a bit) that I saw all the warnings about getting lost at the old trailhead. Be careful! And watching the reflective diamonds on the tree. This hike is a great challenge with views to match.

2 months ago
2 months ago

Recently hiked this a few weeks ago and it was a good hike! First of you do need your discovery pass for parking as there is no where to pay if you forget it. As you head into the hike there is a lot of tree coverage and it starts of gentle. The incline was a burn and unfortunately we didn’t make it to the top due to the snow fall. I would recommend going on this hike in the summer months purely for better views and to be able to reach the peak. The new trail is a lot better but is still a pretty steep incline! Definitely not for beginners.

3 months ago
3 months ago

Hiked this route a week before November and found myself in snow from about 1/2 below the tree line all the way to the top. Check the snow reports before going and be prepared. The mailbox was still poking out above the snow though.

7 months ago
7 months ago

Austin Johnson

I am a college student living in Kirkland, Washington exploring the PNW.

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