New Meetup: Mailbox Peak Afternoon Hike

From: Shabnam
Sent on: Monday, July 26, 2010 7:29 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Eastside Hikers Meetup Group!

What: Mailbox Peak Afternoon Hike

When: Wednesday, July 28,[masked]:15 PM

Where: Eastgate Park & Ride
14244 SE Eastgate Way[masked] N[masked] W
Bellevue, WA 98007

Hi All,
Let's do another Wednesday afternoon hike. Same place and time. We will meet at the Eastgate P&R at 3:15pm. Mailbox is a challenging and calf burning hike that will leave you reward with awesome from the top and a mailbox at the top. Please read the details below to see if this hike is for you. Bring a headlamp as we might be coming down in the dark. If you are running late give me a call[masked]; otherwise we will not wait around more than a few minutes.

Stats:
Trail length (one way) - 2.5 Miles
Elevation Gain - 4040 feet

Details:
Mailbox Peak, located between the Snoqualmie middle-fork and southfork drainages, is the North-West end of a range that includes Mount Defiance, Bandera Mountain, and Granite Mountain. There is a fire-fighter training center located at the south east foot of Mailbox Peak and trainees often use the rigourous path for physical conditioning. The last time I visited the summit, one of them had carried up a solid iron street corner fire hydrant and left it next to the mailbox. I have heard of another time when they carried a full-length ladder to the summit and back.

Mailbox Peak is not the sort of hike that is chosen for a fun, easy outing. The grade of the trail makes it one of the much more difficult hikes in the I-90 corridor. Often in Spring and early summer you will see mountaineers lugging full heavy weight packs up and down to condition for Mt. Rainier or Mt. Baker trips. Although this hike is a real challenge, mountain folks retain they're sense of humor with an inside joke. Mailbox Peak actually has a mailbox on top with a summit log and a changing assortment of mail in it. What does the mail consist of you wonder? Well, go see for yourself.

Directions to TH:
From Seattle take I-90 East past downtown North Bend to Exit 34. Turn left at the Stop. In 0.6 mile turn right onto SE Middle Fork Road (#56). After a mile or so, you will come to a fork and the road will split. It doesn't matter whether you go left or right because both ways converge after a quarter mile. 2.5 miles from the beginning of SE Middle Fork Road, there is an unmarked parking space on the left side of the road (right after gravel road starts). Across the street is a white, rusty, metal gate.

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