Mailbox peak is a famous hike in the Seattle area, know for very steep elevation gain and beautiful views. Mailbox peak has been so popular there are now two trails up the mountain. We hiked the new trail which is better maintained and takes a gentler path up to the summit, though going back and trying the old trail is still a possibility.
The hike was challenging, but it was not as hot as the week before and most of the trail was under a protective canopy of trees. The last mile climbing in the sun was hard, but by that point the end is so close.
Start with a sturdy bridge. Not very steep.
Fording the ‘river’
Into the woods…
…and through the trees…
…to the top of the mountain, please
Stopping at the first overlook
Not a bad view, but there is still a lot of elevation left.
Does this count as rock climbing?
Scaling this rock slide really feels like we are going straight up
Climbing the rocks in the the hot sun does provide a nice view
I thought the rocks were the top of the mountain but it keeps going up
Saying hello to the natives
Looking out over the edge
THE SUMMIT! Those post workers really have it tough.
What a good spot for a new profile picture
Someone should open up a portrait studio here
One for me too! Photo by Mark
Rainier is the true star of the photos
Even the locals like to stare out at the mountain
Need to take a selfie to make it official
The gang. Photo: Sean/Shiwani
Time to do it all again in reverse
Mark, Sean, and Anthony far ahead on the trail
Wondering through the trees
So many trees
What a beautiful forrest
Required: Picture of a Bee