You’ve got Mailbox

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.

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Start with a sturdy bridge. Not very steep.

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Fording the ‘river’

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Into the woods…

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…and through the trees…

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…to the top of the mountain, please

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Stopping at the first overlook

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Not a bad view, but there is still a lot of elevation left.

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Does this count as rock climbing?

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Scaling this rock slide really feels like we are going straight up

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Climbing the rocks in the the hot sun does provide a nice view

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I thought the rocks were the top of the mountain but it keeps going up

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Saying hello to the natives

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Looking out over the edge

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THE SUMMIT! Those post workers really have it tough.

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What a good spot for a new profile picture

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Someone should open up a portrait studio here

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One for me too! Photo by Mark

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Rainier is the true star of the photos

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Even the locals like to stare out at the mountain

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Need to take a selfie to make it official

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The gang. Photo: Sean/Shiwani

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Time to do it all again in reverse

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Mark, Sean, and Anthony far ahead on the trail

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Wondering through the trees

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So many trees

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What a beautiful forrest

 

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Required: Picture of a Bee

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