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larryNTrail update with map  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 17, 2008


I talked with a hiker in the parking lot (70-75ish)before starting up, and he said he got turned back by rain last year. Then I ran into him on the road on the way back, and he turned around because the orange tree marks ended. I had the exact same problem near three adjacent marked trees around 3400-3450'. When in doubt, stay left, and if you lose the trail, traverse left (north) until intersecting the main trail. The attached map shows how the main trail (dotted-yellow) stays on the ridge, and heads due East.
The WTA has improved the lower portion of the trail, and added a new trail marker that warns the Mailbox trail isn't up to WTA standards. :-)
Posted May 23, 2008 1:46 am

BrandonBlairMuch fun
Date Climbed: May 11, 2008


We climbed this peak with the recognition that it would present some difficulty. My partner and I made good time up the first two thirds, maybe about an hour and a half. When we broke out of the trees, the snow was about a foot thick. At this time of year, be careful in this section. We punched through to the rocks below on a couple of occasions. The water below the trail has carved out some hollows. We stopped about 200 vertical feet short of the summit, for lack of necessary gear. Perhaps it's been unusually cold this year. I would recommend crampons, ski poles, ice axe, gaiters, good parka and pants (waterproof), and extra water. This climb was difficult, as advertised, but we were not prepared for the ice, and commensurate exposure, near the top. I'll be back next weekend.
Posted May 12, 2008 11:20 am

WeatherManWaist deep drifts
Date Climbed: Mar 21, 2008


Made it to within 100 vertical feet of the summit, but decided better of it when we got on the final pitch. Wasn't 100% comfortable going up the last slope with all the new snow (waist deep drifts lower down). Amazing views none-the-less, with Seattle skyline shimmering in the afternoon sun way below. Will definately be back to tag the summit later this spring.
Posted Mar 23, 2008 8:03 pm

littlefrantz:)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 5, 2007


Posted Mar 8, 2008 11:32 pm

RedwicThe Mailbox is M.I.A.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 23, 2007


I was a little disappointed that the summit mailbox was missing, at the time of my first MailBox Peak excursion. I was not at all disappointed with the hike, however. WHAT A HIKE! This is an EXCELLENT training hike for bigger & more-technical summits. I was shocked how many people were on the trail at the same time as me. There was snow on the ground during the second (upper) half of the trail; those areas were quite slick in places & required extra caution during the descent.
Posted Nov 23, 2007 5:45 pm

gimpilatorNo View  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2007


Gareth and I are training for Kilimanjaro. We made it up in 1:50.
Posted Sep 20, 2007 1:04 pm

nasakbutt kicker  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 21, 2007


I was a bit dehydrated and this climb was a butt kicker. Made it to the top though. Clouds were low, but still had a rewarding view. A buddah and a bottle of whiskey were up in the mailbox.... as one climbing partner put it: we were left to choose our own way to elightenment. :)
Posted Aug 19, 2007 2:46 am

EastKingWaited for sun.....  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2007


for one hour on the summit, but instead got another surprise, RAIN . Still I made it on top (at a very slow 2 hours and 45 minutes) and got to check out the two cool mailboxes with countless junk in them.
Posted Jul 30, 2007 8:29 pm

bmwboarder7Steep  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2007


Definitely a good steep hike. Lots of good exercise.
Posted Jul 20, 2007 11:54 pm

TheBootfitterGood training hike!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 30, 2007


Carried a 40+ lb pack up to the top. Good training hike!
Posted Jun 21, 2007 11:17 am

lidijagrazulisSunset from the peak
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2007


After-work conditioner on one of the longest days of the year. 2 hrs. 15 minutes to the top and some spectacular views. Great evening out!
Posted Jun 21, 2007 11:10 am

lukicGood Excercise  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2007


Good excercise, but not that interesting.
Posted Jun 16, 2007 10:38 pm

gimpilatorThe Mailbox has been discovered  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 21, 2007


This was an OSAT conditioner. There were about 40 people on the trail today. Somebody must have published a description in a book or something.
Posted Apr 21, 2007 5:42 pm

littlefrantzHate that mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 8, 2007


Good training mountain, but it reminded me of why I hate trees.
Posted Apr 8, 2007 9:01 pm

gimpilatorRain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 31, 2007


Good to be back, even in the rain. I have never seen so many people on this trail. 14 on the summit.
Posted Apr 1, 2007 11:53 am

DundeelGoing Postal  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 17, 2007


Only patches of snow near the summit.
Posted Mar 18, 2007 3:53 pm

KrylonMailbox  Sucess!


I can't remember how many times I've been up here, but there have been at least two different mailboxes.
Posted Mar 1, 2007 12:41 am

nodbodHaunted Mailbox  Sucess!


Climbed this many times with my climbing partner training for the larger cascade mtns. A great conditioner. The trail gains about 4k in 3 miles! It goes through the forest, which feels haunted because it is so dense and the trail becomes less and less prominent. Good times! Just go up, and follow the obnoxious green dots on the trees. If you want a killer exercise, pack up about 50lbs up of water, dump it at the top and RUN down! Whoooo! Legs were sore for about a week!
Posted Jan 16, 2007 5:23 pm

ericd3000' in 3  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 13, 2005


This is a convenient "stair-stepper" workout. Elevation gain is very balanced 3000' in 3 miles across soft forest ground. A similar climb recommended is McCellan Butte, 5150' elevation gain in 4.5 miles which is nearby across I-90.
Posted Sep 4, 2006 10:18 pm

osatrik3rd summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 6, 2002


OSAT Ecuador Expedition conditioning climb in winter conditions. This was my third time to the mailbox.
Posted Aug 27, 2006 6:07 am

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