Looking for a cool place this summer….. Consider visiting Mary’s peak
Marys Peak is a mountain in Benton County, Oregon, United States, just southwest of Philomath. ( close to Corvallis) It is the highest peak in the Oregon Coast Range. It is also the highest point in Benton County, and ranks eleventh in the state for prominence. Wikipedia
|Elevation: 4,098 feet (1,249 m)
Prominence: 3,356 feet (1,023 m)
Marys Peak, at 4,097 feet, is the highest point in Oregon’s Coast Range and the most prominent peak to the west of Corvallis.
On a clear day, from the top of the peak, you can see both the Pacific Ocean to the west and many of the Cascade peaks to the east across the Willamette Valley. At 4,097 feet, Marys Peak is as tall as it gets in our local coastal mountains, between Mount Bolivar in Oregon’s Coos County and the Olympic peaks in northwest Washington.
The main road that climbs Marys Peak, thus leading to most of its trails, had been patched up following storm damage in recent winters.
Marys Peak is renowned for wildflowers that grow in its meadows near the summit. These clearings offer far-reaching views of the Willamette Valley, Cascades and coastal mountains.
Much of the land above 3,000 feet is designated as a scenic botanical area to protect large stands of old-growth Douglas fir and noble fir and the forest under story of ferns and oxalis. The peak also offers a respite from summer’s heat.
If you go: Look for trail information and road construction updates at fs.usda.gov/goto/siuslaw/marys-peak, or call 541-750-7000.
There are also several areas of historical, botanical and geological interest.
Heres a You Tube Video of this area….. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhlcNXwDOwI
If you get lucky you might his some fog and mist, making the imagery even better.–Send me some images!—JG