The trail was quite level with gigantic switch backs, but at around 10 miles round trip its definitely a decent workout.
Living in Corvallis for seven years I made multiple trips up Marys. Good snow activities in the winter. Very nice old growth areas on the peak. Nice trail system also, a few loop options available. Great views of the Cascades
I had done this peviously in December 2004 on a misty viewless day. For March, 2006, I snowshoed up the road to the Mary's Peak campground and took the meadow's edge trail to the meadow and summit. The meadows are quite beautiful when snow-covered. Windy and cold on top with views of the Willamette Valley and the Cascades from Diamond Peak to the base of cloud covered Mount Hood.
Did this one last summer coming back from AZ. Wide views and nice flowers along the path to the mtn top.
A good training hike, great views at the top.
A delightful day in Corvallis came to a lovely end when my friends and I climbed up to the top and enjoyed the sunset. The clouds rolled around in the valleys below us, and the weather was simpley perfect. I've had a soft spot for this peak ever since.
Bob Bolton and I did the short hike from the parking area as darkness fell on a thursday evening. From there we drove down to do Bolivar Peak of Coos county, Brandy Peak of Curry county and Grayback Peak of Josephine county in the next two days as we were chasing Oregon county highpoints on that particular trip.
We had some nice nightime views but very few pics from the top of Mary's peak that are decent. It'd be nice to see the views from this one in the daylight.
With thunderstorms threatening I took to the mountain this morning and lucked out only running into a few sprinkles on the way back down. Couldnt really see the cascades today as they were enveloped in clouds, but those clouds sure looked cool. I took my ex-girlfriends twin daughters along for the hike, they really enjoy this sort of thing. They got a kick out of avoiding the bugs that blanketed the trail on the way up (seriously, thousands of little black and yellow looking millipedes).