Old route up, knee-saving new route down. Surprisingly good weather for January. Only a bit of snow at the top -- microspikes were more than enough.
Up the old, down the new. Will never do the new trail again.
Don't know why I was dragging ass yesterday but so it was it took me 3 hours to summit via the Old Trail.
Saw several folks slip-sliding down from the summit in sneakers, T-shirts, and stretch pants (really -- please do not be that guy).
Stellar in-your-face views of Rainier from the top. The mailbox just barely poked out of the snow.
Descended via New Trail. Got back to my car after dark in time to see a local official pulling up. He warned me that if I had arrived much later that SAR would have been summoned. Word to the wise.
Great hike, and great views. I had the summit all to myself for about 20 minutes. Took the short trail on the way down. It was killer on the knees.
Started at 3:30 am and hiked to the summit by 5:30 for sunrise, only it was completely socked in and no views. Didn't see another person until 7:30. Back to the car by 8:00. Done
2.5 hours up via old trail, 1.5 hours down via new trail. The weather was pretty dismal (cloudy, windy and raining starting at around 1:00), but we still saw about 25 other people making their way up.
Fun hike. Super crowded at the summit.
on this one. Straight up on trail that is surprisingly good, after hearing all of the horror stories. I could see how it could be difficult on a rainy day, as it would be super slippery. Did this one with Maddie, and really enjoyed the in your face view of Rainier.
Incredibly nice for a late February climb. Snow-free up top...a little scary for 4800ft this time of year.
Was getting ready for an attempt on Rainier that never materialized. Too cloudy at the summit to see anything.
I was led to believe this was 5 miles round trip but the new trail is more like 8 miles.
Loved this steep hike up to mailbox peak. Great for a local workout. Lots of roots but plenty of good steps and trees to grab along the way, gaining elevation very quickly. Will be back with a pack several times, I am sure.
Hit the summit under 2 hours. Great pull and made me feel alive. A whole lot of people were on the trail. One guy had his 3 year old strapped to his back (sucker). Great training, but not the greatest to get away from civilization.
Continuing the Seattle experience while out here for work. Steep hike, fantastic review.
Hazy day but great weather overall
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!