Using the 10+ miles North Ridge Trail as a warm-up/training for South Sisters, the trail conditions are very good. Hiked it with my girlfriend and a coworker. The start of the trail is a little hard to discern, so we accidentally went up the U.S. Forestry Service gravel road instead and added another 2 miles to the overall roundtrip. Excellent views from the top.
This was my first intentional county highpoint. I drove up near the summit.
Really fun winter trip, felt more like a summer trip though because it was almost 60 degrees at the top because of a crazy inversion. Trip report coming soon...
Easy hike, good views of old growth forest, good workout. The weather was quite mild most of the way up, but was very windy and cool at the top.
I have visited the summit of Mary's peak several times. I am hoping to do a winter ascent/teliski descent. I have always felt this mountain was unique. It is a cascade peak marooned in the coast range. Great view of the coast at sundown.
good times. The above date indicates day I put in the most miles hiking on mary's.
Getting over a cold so I decided to do something easier. Nice hike. Very blustery up top. Saw the only other person there that day at the summit. Some guy with a 75 lb. pack with "Jolly" written all over everything he had who was training for something bigger. Few inches of snow and rime on the top 500 feet or so, drifting to deeper spots in areas. Could see from St. Helens to Thielsen and the Three Sisters to the ocean. Finished up my Christmas shopping afterwards in Woodburn.
Biked up many times while cross training.
Totally sent that last shuffle through the wildflowers. Got wife (who carried the baby, my turn in a few months) and me out of the valley's pollen smog. Could see Hood, Jefferson, Sisters, but pretty hazy.
Ran up as part of the Mary's Peak Marathon which started at Oregon State campus. The beer party on the summit was a bonus, but next time I'll drive.
Have hiked this several times; snowshoed once. Relatively easy hike (and short if east trail taken). Wildflowers and views are amazing in the spring.
Beautiful day, temp in the 30's and little wind. Fun hike, the last half of the trail had many spots of snow turned into ice. The summit meadow had at least a foot of snow in most places, the parts in the shade were very icy. Had to do some step kicking at one spot of the trail, icy snow at a 35 degree sidehill, which I avoided on the way down by taking a higher route in the sun. Amazing view at the summit, from Rainier to the north to Thielsen to the south. 1:15 up, 55 minutes down.
Now that I am attending OSU in Corvalls I have a good chance to explore a new part of the country. The weather today was pretty rad with heavy winds and rain/sleet/snow. It made for quite a fun impromptu romp around the woods and peak. I was surprised how much timber has fallen onto the road. There were about 5 or more trees laying on the road going up.
Parked at upper lot. Strong winds but the clouds were high enough to see almost to the Sisters. Just a trace of snow on the ground at the summit.
A great hike in heavy rain. We reached the windy summit right as night fell then had a slippery but fun run down in the dark.
A beautiful autumn day for a hike. The vine maple in bright fall colors really added to the experience. Couldn't see the ocean from the summit (looked like it might have been fogged in) but there were great views of the Cascade volcanoes and the Coast Range. My 14 year old son's first Oregon county high point.
Yes, getting to the summit from the parking lot is like falling off a log. However, a nice alternative is to park at the East Trail parking area and hike the 1500 feet to the summit from there. The trail has great switchbacks and goes through a virgin forest. Download the GPS map from my post on
Me and my Girl made this insane summit! I hiked 0.00001 miles from the parking area to the peak. We only rested 3 times and made it in just under 4 hours. My exhaustion overwhelmed my senses but the view made the trip well worth while!
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.