The little trail that could: Mailbox Peak Trail mentioned by President Obama

Sally Jewell
REI’s CEO Sally Jewell not only hikes Mailbox Peak Trail, she also volunteers to help build the new sustainable trail. Check for volunteer opportunities. Photo: Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust

The Mailbox Peak trail on DNR-managed lands was mentioned in the national news when President Obama commented on his appointment for Secretary of Interior, Sally Jewell:

“I’m willing to bet that she’ll be the first secretary of the Interior who frequently hikes Mailbox Peak in her native Washington state, and who once spent a month climbing mountains in Antarctica — which is just not something I think of doing.”
Source: USA Today

Hiking to the top of Mailbox Peak is a certainly an accomplishment. Nestled in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA), the trail has an elevation gain of 4,000-feet in just 2 miles and boasts beautiful views from the top. Unfortunately, many have stayed away because of safety concerns and environmental damage on the trail (read more)

Mailbox Peak
Hiker Catherine Hovell signs the trail log at the top of Mailbox Peak. Photo: Diana Lofflin, DNR

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), with the help of Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, broke ground on a new trail and trailhead in July 2012. It is being built with safety and sustainability in mind. DNR looks forward celebrating the completion of this project next September.

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