North Ridge-Marys Peak

Length: 5.79 miles  |  Elevation Gain: 2484.2 feet  |  

At an elevation of 4,097 feet, Marys Peak is an iconic landmark for Willamette Valley residents, and is the highest point in the Coast Range. In recognition of its unique scenic, botanical and recreational values, Marys Peak is designated as a Scenic Botanical Area. A network of five interconnecting trails, managed by the Siuslaw National Forest, invite hikers to explore old-growth Douglas-fir and high-elevation noble fir forests, panoramic views from meadows extending to volcanic Cascade peaks and the Oregon Coast, and unique wildflower-carpeted rock gardens.

From easier loop hikes to cardio uphill climbs, there's something for every level of fitness and interest at Marys Peak. Marys Peak Road, (FS Road 30) is not maintained for winter travel. When snow conditions are right, visitors to Marys Peak can strap on backcountry skis or snowshoes to explore a winter wonderland.

Parking areas are not plowed and parked vehicles must not obstruct the roadway. Restrooms and picnic tables can be found at Conner's Camp trailhead access (Milepost. 5.5), Marys Peak Campground (Milepost. 8.8), and at the Observation Point parking area located at the end of the road (Milepost 9.3). A Recreation Pass is required.

Perhaps the most remote of the Marys Peak trails, the North Ridge Trail is the longest route to the top of Marys Peak. The trail begins at Woods Creek on the north side of Marys Peak, and climbs steadily for an elevation gain of 3200 feet to the Observation Point parking area. The trail meanders through a forest of large Douglas-fir trees. The Tie Trail connects to the North Ridge Trail, about 4 miles from the Woods Creek parking area. There are no facilities at the Woods Creek parking area. Because of its lower elevation, this trail can often be accessed year-round.

Trail description by: Siuslaw National Forest

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