Had never done Mailbox in the winter. This is my new favorite training hike as I don't have to drive 2hrs to get this kind of terrain and weather conditions. Very enjoyable. Second achievement, did it without any hiking poles!
Hiked with my cousin from TH. Rain at top.
Always a great hike for staying in shape.
Getting up is hard but getting down is torture. Hard but very rewarding.
Brought a 30lb pack up to the top. Only found snow at the last rockfield. Rocks were melted out at the summit for sitting. Beautiful day with full views of Rainier to the South, Baker to the North, and Seattle to the West.
There are new (locked) bathrooms at the trailhead to go alongside a new 5 mile "gentle" trail (opening sometime 2013). I for one don't mind the grade!
First time up Mailbox Peak and first summit in Washington State. It was a strenuous hike, but not as difficult as I had anticipated based on its reputation. I counted 30 other hikers before we were even halfway. I stopped counting after that. The view from the summit was nice, minus I90 and all the other hikers at the top. We were even able to make out Seattle in the distance.
This was the first time I did this hike and will do it again. Going up was not to bad, going down my knees were killing me. I don't know how people where able to run down that mountain? incredible hike!!!
We Got our butts handed to use which is to be expected from this hike. It started with rain... And rain... And more rain and then it turned to snow just to mess with us. We got out of the tree line and my buddys hamstring decided to pull with in 500 feet of the summit. We made it but going down was absolute fun. Expect fog and about a foot and ahalf of snow when you break through the main treeline. Couldn't find the mailbox eaither but I guess it is probaly under the snow. Will for sure try again when there is less snow.
Knew it was the trailhead by the discarded McDonalds trash bags. Trash peak, you lived up to your name.
Thoroughly enjoyed the elevation gain, as well as the short trail run down in micro spikes. Did not enjoy the blizzard or avalanche field at the top. Attempted a sunrise hike, but the conditions put me at the summit later than expected (and no views were to be had anyhow).
And the way down HURT!! Seriously, my knee was killing me!! But awesome hike, snow and wind at the top! Great fun!
Gotta love the mailbox
Going up was not so bad, but coming down (without trekking poles) had my quads like rubber for days afterwards. Would i do it again though? Absolutely. Wonderful time with my brother.
Kind of crummy weather, but a good conditioner nonetheless.
a lot like Si but steeper. did some ice-axe arrest instruction/practice on the way down.
Glad to have done this popular hike.
Waaaaay too many people are on this mountain at once. this is why i stick to the olys most of the time. didnt even have a place to sit up top unless i hiked down the ridge a ways. up in 1hr 40min down in 50min.
Started at noon and was on the summit by 2:30. Lower sections of the trail were pretty wet, but at about 3000' there started to be a significant amount of ice on the trail. Traction aids will be a good idea until the snow melts. Views were amazing from the summit. The mailbox is covered by a lot of snow and there is a dangerous cornice right near the summit.
Much tougher than I thought it would be, and some route-finding on the trail (thank God for the white diamonds). The final rocky slopes have up to three feet of snow, and a bit of wind, but the only sun I had all day. Three hours up, 90 minutes down, stiff and sore and eyes still stinging from the sweat, even after shower. Great views from top, but weather started to turn, so I headed down after 15 minutes. One guy brought a folding chair up, was hanging out, having a great time. Could not have done it without mini spikes and trek poles--stupidly left gaiters in the car and they would have helped keep snow out of my boots. A very nice day on the hill.
0 degree windchill, 20-30mph gusts of sideways snow. I broke a lot of trail post-holing past the treeline. Some of the drifts were over 3 feet deep. Two guys from Bellingham followed my tracks up and were the only other people that summited that day. Props to them. I thought I was the only crazy person to try Mailbox that day haha