Mary's Peak East Ridge Trail is a 6.2 mile loop trail located near Philomath, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Hike the highest point in the Coast Range with wonderful views and old forest. This is a nice loop hike to the summit of Mary's Peak which provides some interesting views besides just taking the east ridge trail out and back from the summit. From the parking lot take the trail that parallels the road for about 100 yards and comes out where the paved, gravel, and East Ridge Trailhead sign meets. Take the trail which gives you great views of the forest as you climb a sustained gradual climb to the junction with the Tie Trail (there will be a bench there). Take the Tie Trail up to the North Ridge Trail. Proceed down the North Ridge Trail and come out at the Mary's Peak parking lot. This is the end of the hike, but you can take the 1.5 mile round trip to the summit.
I started the hike at Connor's camp and I thought the hike was beautiful the whole way. It's not steep and the trail has been maintain really well. I would rate this hike as easy.
The view is worth the incline :)
My dog and I had a great time hiking this trail on a sunny afternoon. It took us about an hour to summit and 40min to descend. Met very few people on the way. Quiet and peaceful. Somewhat challenging.
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!
Awesome hike, I had it @ 5.75 miles though, some rocky spots but otherwise nicely maintained, pretty peaceful except for @ the very top
The trail itself was absolutely great! Well maintained, not too crowded, and about 10 degrees cooler than it was in the valley. It's a fairly steady elevation gain on the way up, but overall, we ended up doing about 5 miles, including a lengthy stop at the top to enjoy the view, in about 3 1/2 to 4 hours. For those with dogs, remember to pack some extra water for the pup - there aren't any water sources as you head up the mountain. The trail itself wasn't too busy, but the summit, near the uppermost parking lot has a great deal more traffic.
The one thing I wish I'd known beforehand: at the top there's some sort of tower/satellite set up, surrounded by a chainlink fence and barbed wire which does kind of kill the serenity of the summit. It is an amazing 360 view at the top though, though it was too hazy to see the Sisters and the coast was socked in with fog the day we were there.
My favorite trail in old growth for many reasons - close by (I live in Corvallis), excellent views into the distance (when it's not cloudy or raining or there aren't any forest fires), excellent close-up views of ancient trees (you walk through them on some very steep hillsides), and an excellent trailbed. The top of Mary's Peak is over 4200 ft. so the snow lingers well into May-June and sometimes July. There's a long season of wildflowers, starting early at the trailhead at mile 6, extending all the way to the top where you'll encounter rare and endangered plants among the rocks.
From the top, on a clear day, you can see all the way to Mt. Rainier in the North to Diamond Peak and beyond in the South. You can see waves crashing on the beach in Newport without binoculars and with binoculars you can see the bridge in Newport.
Mountain biking is allowed. It's a steep trail - you have to be in good shape to go up and technically adept on the way down as there are some gnarly parts where, if you fall downhill...
The trail is long enough to give you a workout, but easily doable in 1/2 day from the parking lot to the top of the mountain including a lunch break.
Take your camera and binoculars.