OH MY GOD..LOOK AT MAILBOX PEAK!

Having some fun with this one!  (It’s corny, I know!)

Oh, my, God Tami, look at Mailbox Peak
It is so big, it looks like
One of those….thigh killing climbs
But, ya know, who’s not….like intimidated?
We only hike these to check off our bucket list
I mean, that peak, it is SO high
I can’t believe it didn’t end after that boulder field
I mean,shit,……LOOK
That flag is WAY up there!

 

I like big hikes and I cannot lie
You other hikers can’t deny
That when trip reports are written
And someone says their legs been killin’
You get……Ready,….Want to call your friends
Cause you know this hike is tough
Deep in the forest we go,
We’re climbing and perspiring
Oh baby, I want to see that mailbox
And take its picture
Other hikers tried to warn me
But with that view you got
OOOH……Rainier in all its glory

 

So hikers (yeah), hikers (yeah)
Did you pack extra water? (Hell no!)
You should have packed it, packed it
Packed ALL that extra water

Mailbox got steep

Mailbox got HOT

Yeah, Mailbox when it comes to hiking

Elevation ain’t got nothing
To do with my decision
Four Thousand-Eight Hundred-Twenty-Two
And it’s only 5 miles each way

Mailbox got steep!

Mailbox got beat!

 

So decided to hike mailbox peak over Memorial Day weekend.  It was about 85 degrees, which is a bit much for this 11.5 mile roundtrip hike with 4,000 foot elevation climb.  We took the old trail up which is about 4.5 miles.  It steadily climbs the entire way.  No breaks.  The forest is not very attractive as it isn’t green, it’s just tree trunks and dead wood.  Once you emerge from the forest you get to see Mt. Rainier and the Cascade mountains which are always breathtaking.  The climb takes you through a large boulder field which is stair steps up a very steep incline!  You’d think that would be the top, but no. The flag is on the next peak, which is a similar looking incline. The last nearly half mile is pretty straight up and the thighs are burning!!  it seriously felt like we were never going to reach the top, but we did. Along with a ton of other hikers!!  We are able to take the mandatory picture with the mailbox and leave behind a trinket.  The views were AMAZING!!  Mt Rainier was spectacular as usual!  The beautiful blue sky created a great backdrop for the white capped mountains.  The view made you forget how hard that hike was!  We decided hike down  the new trail as it’s easier on the knees.  It’s around 6.5 miles back to the parking lot.  It sure felt closer to 10 miles!!

Mailbox Peak was a bucket list hike!  I think we can say we are bad ass now!  Not sure I will do it again but you never know!

Sauer’s Mountain in Peshastin,WA

I’ve read about this hike a few times and was intrigued by the wood carvings along the trail as well as the story behind the trail.  My friend, Tami,and I decided to head over to Eastern Washington and check it out for ourselves.  The weather in the Seattle area called for rain.  I know crazy right!?!?  Usually Eastern Washington is a bit drier so we headed out.  Well, that is where the adventure began.  We made it to Steven’s Pass and were greeted by a pretty good snow storm.  The roads were covered and it was coming down pretty good.  It is mid-May right??? Undeterred we continued on our way and found some sun breaks the closer we can to Leavenworth. Just outside Leavenworth traffic came to a halt on Hwy 2, which is notorious for head on crashes so we assumed that is what happened.  We were wrong. We came upon, one vehicle pulled over and 6 cop cars.  Most likely the remnants of a high risk stop to catch a bad guy.  Luckily the stop didn’t last long and we were back on our way.  We arrived at the small parking lot adjacent to the trailhead, donned our backpacks and headed out or UP I should say.

This trail is posted as 5 miles roundtrip with a 2,000 foot elevation. The trail starts on the property of Mr. Sauer, who not only graciously lets hikers go through his property to get to the National Forest trailhead, but he greets all the hikers on their way up and on their way back out. Very nice man and pretty funny too!

The first mile of the trail is pretty much up hill.  There is a 1,500 foot elevation in the first mile or so, before it levels out and you head through the forest and along the ridge line. Actually several ridge lines.     Although it is listed as 2.5 miles to the top, it feels much longer than that!  There are nice wood markers along the way to let you know how far you have come and what the elevation is.  The sun was out and it was reasonably warm so it was a good workout!  About 3/4 of the way up it started to rain, rapidly followed by HAIL!  We figured we were pretty closers we didn’t drive 90 minutes to not make it to the top!  We pushed on and finally, and I mean finally we could see the top.  The last 300 yards is pretty much straight up hill!  At the top is a nice marker telling you all the mountains around, however we had to trust them as the clouds were so low we couldn’t see any of the tops. I bet on a clear day, the view is spectacular!  There also is a sign in book at the top.  Don’t forget to take your picture at the sign so everyone knows you made it to 3100 feet!

One interesting part of the trip was the number of senior citizens we saw on the trail.  I’m not talking one or two, but around 20 in several groups.  This is a decent workout on the thighs and calves so we were pretty darn impressed they were headed for the top!  Reminds you of the importance of keeping active and also that you better not quit before the top because that 75 year old is crushing the trail to the top!!  A little peer pressure never hurt anyone!

On the way out we ran into a yellow tailed marmot, who was a little intrigued by us, but ran back under the rock when we got too close.  I also bought a bottle of wine from Mr. Sauer. Their family makes wine under the name Farmhand Winery.  I don’t drink wine so some lucky friend of mine is getting a nice bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon!

Cheers!

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