SEATTLE — A 55-year-old North Bend man died Saturday afternoon approximately 100 feet from the summit of 5,500-foot Mailbox Peak, east of North Bend, according to the King County Sheriff's Office, which would not give the man's name yesterday.
The man was hiking with his wife and two friends, according to the sheriff's office. Part of the group reached the summit and looked back to see the man fall forward.
Resuscitation attempts began immediately and continued for two hours without success. Both the man and his wife were evacuated by a U.S. Navy helicopter.
Mailbox Peak is described as a "most difficult" hike by the Washington Trails Association.