Only patches of snow near the summit.
I can't remember how many times I've been up here, but there have been at least two different mailboxes.
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!
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.
OSAT Ecuador Expedition conditioning climb in winter conditions. This was my third time to the mailbox.
1:20 to the top from trailhead, but i'm a runner and i had a light pack:)
After hearing stories about this trail, I was surprised to find it in such good condition. There was reasonable traction even on a rainy night. If you end up too far to the right (south), there's a flagged trail that starts to traverse through the more dense, new growth forest. Go back to the open forest and head straight up until you intersect the trail.
I wasn't really sure what to expect on this one or even how to get to the trailhead. Very very steep, much more so than Si. Everything from the boulder field on is awesome and the perfect weather added to it. Summitted an hour and 45 after leaving the car. My legs will be sore tomorrow.
Great early season training hike. The lower trail was in good shape with just a moderate amount of mud. Just before breaking treeline, the snow/ice predominates the trail and we enjoyed the snowy upper reaches which allowed for knee deep postholing to the summit. No view :-( due to dense clouds and snowy weather.
(gimpilator) was hauling ass up and down. Thanks to Adam we made it. Cold day, but the wind chill factor was great. Never do this one without a camera or by yourself. Also remember that at the top on a clear day the view is perfect.
Started at 7:00 am in the dark. Reached summit in 3 hours. Hard rain for the first hour, then reached snow level about 1,000 feet from summit. About 3 inches at the mailbox. Good trip but quite slippery with all the wet roots on the trail. Talus field also a little tricky with the new snow. That slowed us down a bit.
minimal bushwhacking near the summit.
Clear weather this time and the best view of Rainier I've seen from any summit yet. The deck of cards I left last time was still in the taller mailbox. This hike always seems twice as long on the way down.
Lots of rain and no view on top. My boots were soaked inside and out before we even got on the trail. This is a steep unrelenting challange of a hike. You shouldn't try it unless your in good physical condition.
Nice day for hike. Someone took the Green Eggs and Ham book, but it has been replaced by Winnie the Poo and Tigger too, so there is still some lite reading available at the top.
Good wet weekend in the Northwest, time to visit Mailbox! The trail is in very good shape, with only a few sections lacking definition. Some one apparently likes a little more clarity, for there are a few yellow blazes on the trees in the least-defined part of the trail. Weather was threatening all day, with only a few drops on the final ridge climb to the summit. The mailbox is in tact, but no views today. 2'33" to the top, and a nice day overall. Still very few hikers on this thigh-buster!
A great way to start an otherwise unproductive Labor Day. Bluebird sky and awesome views, from Rainier to Baker, and from the Olys to the Snoqualmie Pass summits. Up and down in 4 hrs. No more Green Eggs and Ham, and the hydrant is gone.
The annual fire recruit hike to the top of mailbox peak. It gave a good break from the studies. Too bad we missed the views.
Man I love this mountain! Less snow, more rain and wind, but a great workout! Car to summit in a hair over 3 hours, thanks to the kind folks that broke a nice boot path to the top. Snow started at 3500', and got seroius at the large talus field. The warm weather was starting to erode the base, so occasional postholing was experienced. Absolutlely no views or markers to tell you were on Mailbox, but we knew!
A pretty nice December day for climbing. The trail is mostly free of blow downs, but a few in the forest make the true trail hard to follow. Whatever, the way up is still the way up! Saw snow around 2500', began plowing through it at the beginning of the exposed area. It was 1 to 4 feet deep in places, but the trail remained mostly visible. Broke trail up the talus field with snowshoes, but others did it without. As the first of the day, we earned the summit in 3'45". Mild wind on top, and the mailbox is not there. At least the fire hydrant remains, marking the spot! Poor views lead to a hasty retreat.