Mailbox Peak - New hiker trail

Department of Natural Resources

This work party starts at 8:30AM
Thu, Sep 27, 2012

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Is there or isn't there a mailbox at the top of Mailbox Peak?

Mountains to Sound Greenway and the WA State Department of Natural Resources are building a new trail up Mailbox Peak, and WTA has been asked to assist. This new trail will allow hikers to enjoy a more moderate hike up to the summit on a more sustainable 5-mile trail.

This is the regular Thursday work party, so we will be meeting at 7:00 a.m. for breakfast at Ken's Restaurant (also know as Ken's Truck Stop) in North Bend. Take I-90 east to exit 34 for 468th Ave SE. Turn left at 468th Ave SE until you see the restaurant. All volunteers are welcome join us. It is a great opportunity to meet your co-workers. Otherwise you can meet us at the trailhead at the regular time.

Hikers are drawn to the beautiful forests, streams, wildlife, and views of Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area from the Mailbox Peak Trail, but many have stayed away because of safety concerns and environmental damage on the trail. The current trail is very steep, with a 4,000-foot elevation gain in just 2 miles. This grade causes significant erosion along with dangerous conditions where hikers can become injured or lost. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), with the help of Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, has broken ground on a new trail and trailhead that is being built with safety and sustainability in mind. DNR looks forward to hosting a celebration for the completion of this 18-month project on National Public Lands Day, September 2013.

Driving directions:
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 mattter 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). Driving time from Seattle - approximately 1 hour.

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GPS coordinates are only approximate, please always use the written driving directions when trying to find a trail head


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