Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Jack's Mailbox Peak

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Hiking to Jack's Mailbox Peak, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Jack's Mailbox Peak (6,475 ft) is short but sweet - not only will you get great views of the SLC valley to the West, the Wasatch mountains to the East and South, but also get a great leg workout in, and is a safe peak to summit during Winter when avalanche danger is high. Though this trail is very short, the elevation gain and time spent hiking will make you think it's longer. 


This is called Jack's Mailbox Peak because there really are two mailboxes on the summit, dedicated to Jack Edwards who died from leukemia in 1995. His parents scattered his ashed on this peak, where they later placed a memorial. There are notebooks you can write a nice note in, and also a letter from Jack's mother. It reads, "Please take a moment to say hello to Jackie Jack and write a little (or long) note." The main notebook also describe Jack's journey. The mailboxes now contain several journals filled with personal and poignant entries by visitors from the past 20 years. 

Because this hike is very steep, I would not recommend it for people and/or dogs with knee and hip issues. Poles are very helpful for this hike. Be sure to bring plenty of water - especially in Summer. There is no shade, no water, and no restrooms. I don't recommend this hike in Spring or after a big rain because the trail gets very muddy.


From SLC, head East on I-80 towards Park City. Take exit 129 for Foothill Drive. Turn Right onto E 2100 S. When you come to a "T" (Carrigan Canyon Drive), turn left at park at the very end of this road (Lakeline Drive). The trail starts to the left (West) in the parking lot. You will be in a neighborhood so please drive slowly - every time I hike here there are people and dogs on this road.

Distance: 2.5 RT. This hike can be completed as an out and back or loop (which is what I usually do)
Elevation gain: 1200 ft
Time: 2-3 hours
Dog friendly? Yes. There is a sign that says dogs must be leashed but nobody does.
Kid friendly? Yes
Fees/Permits? None
Hiking to Jack's Mailbox Peak, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Here is what the parking area and TH look like.
Hiking to Jack's Mailbox Peak, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Right away the trail is open, and you will hiking behind some very large, fancy homes.
Hiking to Jack's Mailbox Peak, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
About 100 yards or so, you will want to head right at the first trail split. There is no sign, but you want to hike basically straight up to the ridge. It should only take you roughly 15 minutes from the TH to the ridge.
Hiking to Jack's Mailbox Peak, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Once on the ridge, head right. 
Hiking to Jack's Mailbox Peak, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Once on  the ridge, you can clearly see Jack's Peak. But first, you will need to hike up to the "sub peak" or the cell tower.
Hiking to Jack's Mailbox Peak, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Once past the cell tower, work your way down to a small saddle, then back up again. The trail to the right is the one you'll take down, if creating a loop.
Hiking to Jack's Mailbox Peak, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
I've hiked this trail countless times - it never gets easier! But I always love the views and workout. 
Hiking to Jack's Mailbox Peak, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Working your way up to the peak is very steep, but it also offers some cool rocks for the pups to climb on.
Hiking to Jack's Mailbox Peak, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Almost there! What a cool view of SLC. You can also see the Oquirrh's in the distance,
Hiking to Jack's Mailbox Peak, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
On the summit!

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Hiking to Jack's Mailbox Peak, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Take a second to read about Jack's story, and take in the view.
Hiking to Jack's Mailbox Peak, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Heading down this way, you should see the two water reservoirs. The trail switches down, so that you will walk along that fence back to the parking lot. If you took the loop route, you'll end up hiking down by the benches to get back to your car.

September 2016
Fall looks quite different - all brown!
Hiking to Jack's Mailbox Peak, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs


December 2017
Winter is a great time to hike Jack's Peak, especially if the other higher peaks have high avalanche danger. Jack's is safe Because you are on a ridge, there are zero terrain traps, and nothing above you to drop. Carrying microspikes are still super helpful.
Hiking to Jack's Mailbox Peak, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs





Jack's Mailbox Peak trail map. 

I like to hike up just above H-Rock, summit, then on the way down I skirt around the cell tower, then drop down steeply, pass one switchback, then am back at the parking lot. Again, this hike is very steep and poles will be very helpful year round, and either microspikes or snowshoes are helpful in Winter. 






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Hiking to Jack's Mailbox Peak, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs

3 comments:

Jennifer Kumar said...

I see you did this as a loop. Do you think the difficulty or steepness is different if the loop is taken in the opposite direction? Do you prefer to walk this trail in the snow or when it's dry? (I've noticed when snow covers some of the rockier trails, it makes it appear a little easier.)

Alicia Baker said...

I personally think its easier to go the route I did - it's less on the side of the hill, more on the ridge. I just prefer ridge hiking. I like it year-round - I would bring microspikes if it looks like there's snow up there. I also like this best for sunset, since you get such a great view, though with the current smog it may not be the best sunset. -Alicai

renee comerford said...

THIS IS REALLY COOL! I CLIMBED JACK'S MOUNTAIN WITH JACKIE JACK'S PARENTS THE DAY WE RELEASED HIS ASHES!!! I ILLUSTRATED A BOOK CALLED JACKIE JACK THE BRAVE LITTLE BOY - A WONDERFUL TESTAMENT TO HIS BRIEF LIFE - AND NOW, 20 YEARS LATER SO MANY WONDROUS SPIRITS - ALL OF YOU HIKERS OUT THERE ARE FEELING THE ENERGY OF THIS LITTLE ANGEL WHO ONCE WALKED THE EARTH!