Saturday, January 21, 2017

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Mailbox

Updated 1-15-2017
 This is a very popular hike and because of all of the traffic the snow is packed down so one does not need snowshoes but micro-spikes were a must especially going up the ice covered old trail. We went up the old trail to the boulder field and then back down the new trail.

Mt Rainer shines
View to the west from near the top
Lots of traffic on the trail and no need for snowshoes
On the way down on the new trail
Mt. Rainier from the top
Summit George- Jay-Paul (left to right)
Driving Directions: Take exit 34 from I-90. Head north on 468th Ave SE for approximately half a mile until the intersection with the SE Middle Fork Road. Turn right onto the Middle Fork Road. Follow SE Middle Fork Road 2.2 miles to the stop sign at the junction with SE Dorothy Lake Road. Head left onto SE Middle Fork Road and drive .3 miles. Trail lot is on the left but it was gated when we went there.
Trail stats: Up the old trail to boulder field and down new trail total about 7.6 miles roundtrip. Elevation gain was about 3200'

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