Summit Loop

Length: 0.95 miles  |  Elevation Gain: 308.5 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.

The Summit Loop, about a mile and a half in length, is a combination of gravel road and trail, taking hikers and plant enthusiasts directly to the top of Marys Peak. Starting at the parking lot, you can follow the gravel road, or the East Ridge Trail about 0.30 miles to where the Meadowedge Trail begins. At this intersection, hikers can either follow the road as it wraps around the south side of the summit, or cross the road to continue on the Meadowedge Trail to access the summit from the north. From either direction, panoramic views of the Willamette Valley and Cascade peaks abound. In the spring, rocky outcrops on the south side of the summit burst with colorful wildflowers.

Trail description by: Siuslaw National Forest

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