Ascent of Marys Peak on 2017-06-03
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Saturday, June 3, 2017|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||4097 ft / 1248 m|
Ascent Trip ReportMarys Peak north ridge is a great training hike, and it's not too far from the Eugene/Corvallis/Salem/Portland areas. On this particular outing, I intended to start/finish at the North Ridge Extension Trail trailhead (44.5412, -123.5196) for some extra mileage, but there was a very sketchy-looking group camped or squatting there, so I just continued up to the regular North Ridge trailhead.
I hiked up, enjoyed lunch at the summit, then did the short loop on the East Ridge trail before hooking back up with the North Ridge trail for the descent to the trailhead. The deep-woods East Ridge scenery is quite beautiful.
As the highest peak in the coast range, Marys Peak's summit weather can be quite stormy with Pacific weather systems having no obstacles before hitting this small mountain. Even with good conditions in the Willamette Valley, you can be surprised by the ferocity of Marys Peak's summit weather. I recommend checking mountain-forecast.com before you go.
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