North Ridge Trail to Marys Peak

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North Ridge Trail to Marys Peak is a 7.1 mile 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.

7.1 miles
2004 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



mountain biking



trail running




wild flowers




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).

21 days ago

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.

1 month ago

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!!

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

A beautiful place to hike for the day

3 months ago

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.

5 months ago

This was about a perfect a day that you could wish for to accomplish this hike. Beautiful January weather and the sky was clear at the top so the views were amazing. The hike up the North Ridge Trail was a pretty significant climb but so pretty. We added on the hike up to the summit and then hiked back down to the North Ridge parking area. Such fun!

8 months ago

Perfect, quiet hike. Add another mile or so to summit Mary's Peak. It was a cloudy, damp day and I only ran into 3 other groups on the trail. Lots of old trees, mushrooms, ferns. Smells wonderful. It's a solid uphill hike. I'm in shape and I felt it the next morning.

10 months ago

Beautiful trail. Lots of clovers, ferns and down trees.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Loved it!! Awesome trail and views!!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Great hike. The hike, however, was difficult through the snowy area near the top. A steady uphill grade all the way. Would love to do it again in the summer.

Friday, March 11, 2016

I loved this place ❤

Monday, March 07, 2016

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.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Steep, beautiful - still fairly busy on the weekend I went.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

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!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Completed this on Monday April 13th, 2015. This was a great hike!!!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

nice trail. not muddy despite being winter season. Beautiful view from top. hiked from lot at end of river road to peak and back in about 3 1/2. Sunset was impressive. Highly recommend

Monday, August 25, 2014

Nice hike but I was not blown away. Very steep, trail is well-maintained. Lots of mountain bikers on the day I went.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

I did this in less-than-ideal conditions and I still enjoyed it a lot. It's pretty steep with a lot of switchbacks, but the forest is lush and green. Very pretty country. I took the dog and we did it in a little over 4 hours. Even though we experienced just about every weather condition possible(pouring rain all day, howling wind and snow at the top, some hail coming down) it was actually kinda cool. It was like walking around in a cloud forest most of the day. We'll have to do it again one of these days when the weather is good and the visibility is better than 20 feet at the top.

Monday, May 13, 2013

A great hike up to the top of Mary's Peak. We got up to the top in a little over 2 hours with a few small stops. Beautiful trail and we got a great panorama at the top of the Willamette Valley. It was a bit cloudy today so we could barely see Jefferson and the three sisters to the east. But on a clear day they are in view. The hike down took under 2 hours.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

6.4 miles from trail head to Mary's Peak outlook (main parking at top). We did the up and down in 4.5 hrs with a stop for a light lunch at the top. Bring lots of water (August) and prepare for all uphill on the way up. Beautiful trail though! Here are some pictures from our first attempt when it was cooler:


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