Ever since I started researching local hikes last fall, I’ve wanted to go to Mailbox Peak. It’s one of Mount Si’s neighbors and got its unofficial name from the mysterious mailbox that appeared on the summit sometime during the 1950’s – the mailbox has been replaced several times (and for a while the peak housed a fire hydrant), and the hike has become somewhat of a kitsch training ground for local mountaineers. It’s supposedly one of the hardest hikes in the Puget Sound area…I believe it: 4150 feet of elevation gain over only 2.5 miles. Phew.
Anyhoo, I was feeling cocky after not having a heart attack on Mount Si, so I decided I was ready for Mailbox (hah!). We drove to North Bend, found the trailhead, laced up our boots…and realized there was no memory card in our camera. Gaaaah! Since 99% of the people who read this are scrapbookers, I’m sure y’all can understand just how much this sucked. This is how our photos, taken with JK’s ridiculous cell phone camera, look. Sigh.
Oh well, at least I have the memories. And I’m sure my thighs will still be sore a couple of weeks from now as a reminder of just how freaking steep this trail was. Man alive! Going up wasn’t that bad, you just have to pace yourself (I’m sure I broke the record for the slowest ascent of Mailbox ever), it’s the going down part that sucks. With my rotten ankles, I really had to concentrate with every step I took (I definitely hold the record for the slowest descent) – my thighs are just screaming today.
Anyway, I did it. It was awesome. You’ll just have to believe me when I tell you that it’s beautiful up there…
Speaking of hiking and why on earth I put myself through this stuff, here’s my first layout from our vacation: