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 Someone took the Green Eggs and Ham book, but it has been replaced by Winnie the Poo and Tigger too, so there is still some lite reading available at the top.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.
Great day for a hike! Relatively few people on the trail today and a quick trip to the top. The trail was a little muddy near the rock slide, and there was little/no visibility on top.
Much to my disappointment, the mailbox and fire hydrant were both missing. The ladder had been thrown off to the side of the summit cropping.
Nice hike, steep the whole way.
good views from the top.
A warm spring day, great for a hike! The trail is dry and in great shape for the first ~2.5 miles, then becomes muddy. Snow on the trail after leaving the woods, but never too bad. The warm weather brought a little postholing where there should have been easy walking. The rock field should be bypassed as it is not safe with the soft remaining snow. Summit had great views, and I'm happy to report the ladder has been removed. 2 hours, 47 minutes to the top. A tough hike as usual.