Marys Peak East Ridge and North Ridge Loop

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Corvallis Watershed Wild Animal Refuge

Marys Peak East Ridge and North Ridge Loop is a 9.1 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 year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 9.1 miles Elevation Gain: 2,030 feet Route Type: Loop

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From I-5 take Corvallis exit and follow HWY 20 through Philomath and follow to Newport. Approx 1.65 files out of Philomath, take a left onto Woods Creek Road which quickly turns into a gravel road. Follow it about 7.5 files to a dead-end gate and small parking lot. This hike can be done in either direction and you can do it in the winter, but you will encounter snow.

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2 months ago

I'll start with advice: Do this trail counter-clockwise. This way you go up with switchbacks, and have a long leisurely downhill through trees and then a wide logging road after the summit. Also - the description trail does not include the summit loop so you'll need to factor that in. Did this on a Sunday. Snow on the trail for the entire loop. Hard crusty snow for the first mile and a half, then powder with occasional deep spots to the summit. Carried but didn't use spikes. Beautiful to see the trees in snow. Meeting the peak trailhead and seeing everyone else drove up was a little disheartening. For a moment I thought the first hill was the summit, but then looked to my right for the real summit. Communications station at the top. Great views.

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3 months ago

Such a great day for a hike up the North Ridge trail, but it looked like an explosion rocked the trail. I climbed over and under some large downed timber and eventually just turned around

We did the whole trail but it came to 10 miles. Also it was cloudy so you could see the view very well but it was great hike to do. I can cross this off my bucket list.

If you go counterclockwise on this route, you go down an unfrequented logging trail until winding back and hitting the north face of mary’s, climbing switchbacks for a few miles up. Then you can take east ridge back down to connor’s. Stellar hike—views can be overcast at the top occasionally, but after the initial windup logging road youre in for a treat

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Sat Jun 01 2019

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Sun Apr 21 2019

Nice hike, not too strenuous! The view at the top was obscured by clouds the day we were up there, so if you're in it for the views, keep an eye on the weather. Several downed trees were blocking the trail here and there from a windfall, but it wasn't too bad to scramble around.

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Sun Apr 22 2018

Loved the trail. Was 11 miles though, not 9. Steep steep steep! Some snow at the top. Coming back was very steep, narrow and snow filled, very challenging for a few hundred feet there with the snow, and so close to the edge, dangerous. Views were amazing obviously! Would recommend, great work out.

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Sat Nov 05 2016

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!

Mon May 02 2016

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...

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Mon May 04 2015

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.

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Mon Aug 18 2014

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.

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Sun May 25 2014

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.

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