Mailbox Peak

Mailbox Peak

Elev. Gain: 
4,000 ft.
High: 
4,841 ft.
Where:
North Bend, WA
Distance: 
5.75 miles (round trip)
Difficulty: 
Punishing
Rating: 
4
Great views and challenge, but too steep to be fun
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Features

Overview

When it's time to get serious, it's time to head to Mailbox Peak. There's no messing around on this trail – you'll go from the valley to the summit in a straight route up the west side of the peak, 4,000 feet gained in just over two miles. It doesn't get much steeper than that. The views are outstanding on a clear day, and you'll likely be in the company of mountain climbers, ultra-trail runners, and local legends as you go. Or maybe just a bunch of wannabes. Either way, we love this trail and you will too. As long as you're in good shape.

Start at the gated fence and follow the gravel road about a half-mile to the real trailhead on your left. You'll see a nice sign telling you how hard it is. Take a deep breath and move on. Switchbacks soon turn to an all out straight-shot up the hill. Follow the white diamonds to stay on route (red dots in the diamonds will appear near the top). You'll break out of the trees at about 3,800 feet, but you've still got over a thousand feet to climb. Make your way up through the rocky final stretch to your glorious summit, clearly marked by an ever-changing seasonal mailbox.

Changes to Mailbox Peak are afoot! As we update our overview, check out our recent trip reports for current information on changes to the trail and surrounding amentities.

Permits & Tips

Discover Pass required. Don't leave valuables in your car. Bring lots of food and water to stay fueled up. Trekking poles are helpful. Keep a close eye on those diamonds to stay on the trail. 

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How to get there

Head east on I-90 to exit 34 and turn left (north) onto 468th Street.
Follow it to the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road and turn right (also signed as a turn for Valley Camp).
Stay on the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road – you'll be presented with a couple turn-offs – until you hit the second intersection with SE Dorothy Road (about 2.5 miles). Valley Camp sign is directly in front of you.
Turn left to stay on the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road and almost immediately the paved road ends. You'll find two gravel pullouts on either side of the road. This is the parking and unofficial trailhead. It will not be signed as Mailbox Peak.
The trail begins on the right side of the road at the swing gate. Don't block this gate.