The new Mailbox Peak trail traverses Pacific Northwest history as it climbs up through a forest. For ages this ascent has been used by aspiring climbers as a training run to prepare for more challenging hills like Mount Rainier. Even today you’ll see people bedecked in mountaineering gear stomping to the top. Pay special attention to the stumps as we pass by too because this forest used to be dominated by the Western Red Cedar. The whole slope has been forested for generations and now the predominate species of tree is fir, but the history of the land is still visible in those stumps.
Special note, as the video progresses you’ll likely see something in the lower left corner. This is a power adapter for the camera that occasionally comes into frame. Sorry for the technical difficulties.