North Ridge Trail to Marys Peak is a 11.4 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back 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: 11.4 km Elevation Gain: 611 m Route Type: Out & Back

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Hike to the highest point in the Coast Range with 2300 feet of elevation gain. From the parking spot follow the 2005 fire road a very short distance and take the marked trail on your right. This is the North Ridge trail. Follow it up to the Mary's Peak parking lot (you can continue on the short Peak Trail to the summit). After admiring the view, continue back down the way you just came along the North Ridge Trail till it comes out just above the 2005 gate and back to the small parking lot. Along the way you'll see old and newer growth forest, great views, and flowers (in the spring & summer).

Some downed trees but crossable.

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1 month ago

Great trail! Few downed trees and snow up top but definitely a fun hike!

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blowdown
2 months ago

Great trail, a few trees done still. Very little snow on the trail.

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2 months ago

really the better of the two trails up to Marys peak. a lot of trees down right now and so there's a fair amount of clambering. Nice mist at the bottom snow at the top. no view but it was stunning throughout

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3 months ago

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5 months ago

Great hike! The switchbacks are long and not too steep. I wasn’t winded by the elevation gain. No snow until the top, boo! The trail is maintained. A deputy was patrolling the parking lot at Woods Creek Trailhead due to cars being broken into. Take your valuables or leave them at home! Hardly any hikers on the trail - nice, quiet, great workout, beautiful hike.

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6 months ago

Hiked on 11.30.2019. Snow on trail the entire time, but the forest roads were clear of snow. brough Snow Shoes, but a nicely packed trail meant I never needed them. Great views from the top of Rainer, St. Helens, Adams, Hood, Jefferson, and the Sisters. The forest on the way up is very peaceful. If you go all the way to the summit, the out and back distance is 9.7 miles.

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8 months ago

Completed this on 9/8/19. We ended at 9.4 miles. The weather was foggy and moody but it was great hike. We got to the top and it was too misty and foggy to see a view but my favorite part was the forest. This has great incline and it’s a great workout. Ran into lots of mountain bikers so beware of your surroundings and make sure to give enough room for them to pass. Would definitely hike this often.

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9 months ago

This trail hit the spot on a hot summer day! It meanders through a shady dense forest. The trail surface is nice and soft on the feet. The trail pops out at the Marys Peak parking lot, but we couldn't resist going the rest of the way to the top. Views were hazy, but you could see miles of valley. It was a lot of climb, so a good workout as well. The stats on my Garmin from start to the top of the Peak (not the parking lot) was 9.47 miles, 2,276 elevation gain, 4 hours 16 minutes.

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10 months ago

This trail was quite a workout and an excellent training hike with switch backs and elevation the entire way up. The views at the top were amazing. The way down is hard on the knees for those with knee replacement or problems so I ended up pulling out my pole to assist. Trail was super easy to follow and very private only saw 3 bikers and 3 hikers to whole time on trail but lots of people at the top as they have parking lot up there with bathroom.

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10 months ago

Hiked the trail with a friend on July 8th. North Ridge Trail was in great shape all blowdown was cut out and removed. We really enjoyed the old growth forest and the challenges of the trail and elevation gain. Weather was overcast and perfect temperature for hiking but photo opportunities not so good. I have hiked from the other side before, north ridge trail is more challenging. North Ridge Trail I highly recommend!

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10 months ago

The trees that were reported down across the trail earlier have been taken care of. Cool and shady until the top, the trail is well-built and well-maintained in general. On a Monday we saw fewer than 10 people, with about 4 on mountain bikes. The road to the trailhead is really good for a gravel road, with only a few potholes during the last mile or so, beyond the point where the county maintains it.

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Sun May 19 2019

Great trail, 4hours (10mile round trip) with a lunch break on top of Mary’s Peak! One patch of snow at the top. Great hiking conditions all the way up with only one large tree down to fully go around. Very dog friendly as long as they are adventurous! Can’t wait to go again!

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bugs
Wed May 08 2019

We hiked this trail the first weekend of May 2019. No snow present. Bugs present in the first mile of the trail. Several trees 5-7 that you have to maneuver around to continue on the trail. One was particularly difficult but manageable. We didn’t make it to the parking lot at the top but to the north/east trail split, and the only bench we managed to find. Saw 8-10 people while hiking. We aren’t in the best of shape, and was our first major trail of the season. Took 2 hours going up, 1.75 hours going back down.

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Mon Mar 18 2019

3/18 There was a lot of snow, there no views to see until you reach the top. it's a great Hike, make sure to come prepared lol my shoes were soaked. Couldn't reach the top because of snow:(

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Sun Mar 10 2019

While there isn't a need for snowshoes through most of the trail I would highly recommend bringing poles and/or crampons for the trek as there are some deeper areas that can present a challenge. Other than that this a fully majestic hike that offers some decent elevation gain and a bit more difficulty. The switchbacks can be a little intense at parts but nothing too strenuous. Highly recommend for a great workout.

Wed Jan 16 2019

epic

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Sun Jan 13 2019

Wonderful wonderful hike. No snow to speak of on this trip. Views were spectacular. Ocean and Mountain View’s! ❤️

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Sat Jan 05 2019

hiked this trail on December 29. Majority of the trail is shaded by tall trees so even if its rainy weather, the hike isnt bad! Up near the top where the trail gets close to the road to the marys peak parking lot we started to feel the rain and wind pretty hard. no snow unfortunately. would recommend in any weather!

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Wed Jan 02 2019

I hiked the North Ridge Trail on Jan 1st, a cold but mostly clear and sunny day. The route I chose starts from the North Ridge trail parking lot, just before the gate on forest road 2005. The route climbs to the summit parking lot, the summit itself, and then descends via the upper portion of the East Ridge Trail, before going back to the North Ridge trail (via the Tie Trail) and returning down to the parking lot. All said, about 11 miles round trip. The trail is well maintained (the Tie Trail a bit narrower and more rocky) and I did not encounter a single blow-down on the way. There were very few roots/rocks on the way, making this an easy/non-technical hike. Except for the open summit, the route in entirely through forested areas. The views from the summit (on a clear day) is why I gave this route 4 stars (I could see Mt St Helens and Adams in the north and the Pacific Ocean over the Coast Range in the west). As a road goes to the summit, there may be quite a few people when you reach the summit area... but there is enough room all around to not feel too crowded. The way to the top starts by .5 miles out of the parking lot and to the foot of the climb/switchbacks. The steeper portion is actually a couple hundred yards right after the trailhead; the rest of the climb is well graded all the way through. The switchbacks climb is about 3 miles long with about 8/9 'long' switchbacks (between .1 and .5 miles each) up the 45 degrees northern slope. After that, a series of much shorter switchbacks end at the junction with the tie trail (you can continue to the summit or take the Tie Trail to then climb to the summit via the East Ridge trail). A bench at the junction can be a resting spot if needed. From the bench, the trail goes straight south (no more switchbacks) for about .75 miles to the summit parking lot. A third of a mile later you can reach the actual summit for 360 views. There is a LOT of space at and around the summit for a lunch break, a rest, or just soaking in the unobstructed views. Crowds: not too many people around (more at the top - due to the road to the summit - than on the way)... but this is still a popular destination for folks in the south Willamette area and there were about a dozen cars at the parking lot when I returned (you can probably park about 30 cars near the trailhead).

Thu Aug 09 2018

Finally Mountain biked this trail and it way worth the challenge . A beautiful trail with equall views .

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Tue May 29 2018

Hiked this on Memorial Day weekend - great trail! Steep (duh), and as others have mentioned there are a number of big blowdowns across the trail that you'll have to deal with. I counted 7 spots where I had to climb over, and 1 spot where I had to crawl under. No snow anywhere that I saw. Not heavily trafficked, though I did run into a couple of sets of people with dogs off leash and at saw at least one pair of mountain bikers descending - so be aware.

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Fri Apr 27 2018

Hiked on 4/26/18 Beautiful trail! There are some large logs you need to climb over and a few snow patches. Absolutely loved the hike up!!

Mon Mar 19 2018

Still some snow on the trail. Snow, rain and hail on Sunday.

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Sun Mar 11 2018

A beautiful place to hike for the day

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Sun Mar 04 2018

I hiked it in early March after a long series of snowstorms. Something magical about this place. I couldn’t summit due to the amount of snow near the top. This place can get significant snow accumulation.

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