Mailbox Peak

Mailbox Peak

There are some hikes that you continually hear about when you talk to other hikers in Washington. Having recently joined the new Washington Hikers and Climbers group on Facebook and seeing repeated posts about the hike I figured it was time to see what all the fuss is about.   The Mailbox Peak trailĀ is known for its difficulty. And rightfully so, it gains 4,000 feet in just 2.5 miles. At the trailhead you’ll find plenty of warning signs about the strenuous nature of the trail. The trail starts leisurely enough on an old forest road which leads to the beginning…

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Mount St. Helens

Mount St. Helens

I have been planning to ski Mount St. Helens with my two friends, Paul and Watson, since fall 2013. Our first scheduled date in early March fell through due to high-risk avalanche conditions. Luckily, we were greeted this weekend with weather that couldn’t have been better, the forecast called for sun and temperatures in the 60s! This hike can be done as a snowshoe or a backcountry ski tour. We used the new Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding Washington book to plan the trip. You can also find out more about the trip through the Washington Trails Association. We split the…

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