Woods Creek Marys Peak North Ridge Loop is a 9.2 mile loop trail located near Philomath, OR and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Hike the highest point in the Coast Range with wonderful views and old forest From the parking lot for this hike follow the 2005 fire road 3.5 miles until it comes out at the Mary's Peak Road. Then take the East Ridge Trail to the junction with the Tie Trail (there will be a bench there). Stay left on the East Ridge Trail and follow it to the Mary's Peak parking lot. After admiring the view, continue west on the trail to the junction of the Tie Trail and the North Ridge Trail, again stay left and follow the trail down about 4 miles till it comes out just above the 2005 gate and the small parking lot.
I started at the North Ridge trail and went up to the peak, then down East Ridge, and home using the 2005 road. A beautiful November day, though it had rained a lot recently and the gravel road leading in from Rt. 20 was showing damage. I was in a Camry, but I wouldn't wanna take the family wagon up that way. Beautiful state...can't wait to see more!
I also started at conners camp and took the road, it was a nice start to a long hike. The hike to the top was great and trail well maintained. After reaching the top (view is amazing) the connector trail to the east ridge trail was closed due to fallen trees. Made the hike a little longer...
I second the reviews from Matt Vogt (loved the quiet and solitude of Forest Road 2005, a bit of a welcome change from the "heavy traffic" of the North and East Ridge trails) and Stephen Burdick (the trail would probably not deserve a full 4 stars if it was not for the views from the top).
The parking lot at Conner's camp, where I started, requires a $5 day use permit as of May 2015 (don't forget to bring some change!). I decided to start on forest road 2005; it makes for an easy and more "grounding" start... but the road goes gradually down for a descent of 800 feet. Of course, that means there is a bit of a "price to pay" as the North Ridge trail, which you reach after a bit more than 3 miles on 2005, will now climb about 2400 feet in roughly 4.2 miles. The East Ridge trail, by comparison, is well under 3 miles and climbs about 1600 feet to the summit..Altogether, the loop to the summit and back is right around 11 miles.
This is a great variation on the East and North Ridge trails that combines both to make one big loop. You can start at either the North or East Ridge trailheads, and then either go up or take the forest road that connects them, ending by coming down the other trail. The forest road that connects the trailheads was deserted, quiet, and very pretty. If you're looking to add some miles to an already fairly intense hike, definitely try this one out.
trails are in wonderful shape, very green, no waterfalls. once on top of switchbacks the canopy opens up to take great wildlife photos. spotted on barn owl.