Day Hike - Mailbox Peak


Day Hike - Mailbox Peak

If you drop your tax check at the top of Mailbox Peak, do you think it will get to the IRS? Enjoy a pre tax day hike to the mailbox!

  • Very Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,100 ft
  • Pace: 1,000 ft/hr

Oly group will meet at 6:30am at the Haggens on Cooper Point. Whole group will meet at the TH by 8:15.

This is an excellent chance to test yourself for your summer climbs, through hikes, backpacks, etc...

We will go up the old trail for maximum workout, and down the new trail to save our knees. The old trail gains 4,100ft in about 2.4 miles through forest, up a boulder field or around it, and up a steep, exposed slope. It descends over 5+ miles, a kinder trail but still a slog, so this is not for the faint of heart. Because this is such a strenuous hike, we are requiring leader permission.

That said,  we'll keep a reasonable pace (1,000ft/hr) and no one will get left behind. The key is to develop fitness, enjoy a day outdoors and have fun! Faster hikers or those training for big climbs can load up with pack weight. 

Microspikes will likely still be essential for the last 600 ft to the top, plus trekking poles. And, actually we don't recommend leaving your tax check in the mailbox at the top, but it is very important to bring enough cash to give gas money to your driver. 

Olympia hikers, scrambling and climbing students get priority until April 1, so if you don't resemble that description, please don't request permission until April 1. The Oly group will stop on the way home to replenish lost calories.  



Mailbox Peak

  • Red Marker
    47.467425, -121.672590
    47.467424801 -121.672589779
  • Red Marker
    47.462483, -121.639373
    47.4624825988 -121.639373303
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
  11. Trekking poles
  12. Microspikes
  13. Money for gas
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