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Theresa C. on Marys Peak Summit Trail
Hiked this trail Thursday afternoon, March 3, 2016. This is the north approach up Mary's Peak from Woods Creek Road. It's 9 miles long from the trailhead exactly, 2200 foot climb to the top, with a beautiful view. The trail is in pretty good shape with a few fallen trees across the path. This is a good, challenging half day hike.
Fantastic hike through old growth. You get to see how the vegetation gradually changed to alpine spruce as you ascended to the summit. We took the east ridge trail from Conner's Camp, which was a good 2+ mile ascent. I recommend this one if you're looking for a good hike that will take you about 2-3 hours and make you feel like you earned it when you reach the summit. The view at the top is stunning--a 360 degree panorama with the entire willamette valley in sight to the west, all of the volcano peaks (Three Sisters, Mt Hood and Jefferson, Mt St Helens and even Mt Rainier on a clear day) in view. To the west, you have the entire coast range as your foot stool, and the deep blue pacific on the horizon. One of my favorite hikes in Oregon.
Really liked this hike. The smoke haze started drifting in while we were hiking, but even with that killing the views it was a nice hike. We did not encounter that many people on the hike, just a few here and there. There is a nice side trail from the road to the top that is incredibly steep, a nice little challenge for the legs!
This was a bit tougher then I had imagined. I have never hiked before. We made it to the top lot but do to time restrictions were unable to summit. I felt elated when finished! I loved this beyond words and cant wait to do the trail AND summit next time!