Marys Peak via East Ridge

Willamette Valley, Oregon

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Marys Peak via East Ridge

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  • Interesting mushrooms abound in the fall. Help us identify this species by providing feedback.- Marys Peak via East Ridge
  • Star Solomon's seal (Maianthemum stellatum) begins to bloom in the spring.- Marys Peak via East Ridge
  • The Meadow's Edge Trail offers more opportunity for exploration after climbing the East Ridge.- Marys Peak via East Ridge
  • Dying trillium mark the end of spring.- Marys Peak via East Ridge
  • The East Ridge travels through a Douglas fir forest.- Marys Peak via East Ridge
  • Walls of salal line parts of the trail.- Marys Peak via East Ridge
  • Oregon iris (Iris tenax) on Marys Peak.- Marys Peak via East Ridge
  • The trail is quite obvious for most of the year except in heavy snowfall.- Marys Peak via East Ridge
  • Be sure to stop and enjoy the views if you hike Marys Peak on a clear day.- Marys Peak via East Ridge
  • The final push to the top follows a gravel road.- Marys Peak via East Ridge
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Pros: 
Convenient. Accessible hike. Beautiful spring and summer flowers.
Cons: 
Can be crowded.
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Alerts: 
The East Ridge Trail, NF-2005, and Connor's Camp will be closed from September 22, 2015, through late November for meadow restoration.
Region:
Willamette Valley, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,530.00 ft (466.34 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking
Total Distance: 
5.50 mi (8.85 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
2,560.00 ft (780.29 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The East Ridge is one of the most popular hikes on Marys Peak. This trail leads through a lush forest that is green throughout the year. Colorful wildflowers lure crowds of people to visit the peak in spring and summer, but the mountain is no less lovely in the off-seasons of fall and winter. Salal, sword fern and Oregon grape provide the year-long greenery. Vanilla leaf, trillium, Oregon iris, columbine, asters, and monkeyflower paint a broad palette of colors in the right season.

From the top of the East Ridge Trail the summit is just over a half mile away. Follow the gravel road as it winds around the peak to the flat, grassy summit area. If you're lucky, you'll have the picnic table all to yourself. Fortunately there are many nice places to sit, relax and soak in the views that extend from Mount Rainier all the way to southern Oregon on a very clear day.

For a special treat, add a couple of additional miles to your trip by tacking on the Meadow Edge Loop, a lovely romp through a stand of noble fir near the top of Marys Peak. It's decorated with a wildflower display in summer, mushrooms in fall, and ice sculptures in winter.

This trail is also popular among mountain bikers. Bikes are welcome on the trails between May 15 and October 15. See the North Ridge approach for a longer hiking option to Marys Peak.

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