Home  •   Field Guide  •   Forums  •    Unread Posts  •   Maps  •   Find a Hike!
| Page | Discussion | View source | History | Print Friendly and PDF

Marys Peak

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

View of west spur meadows from the summit of Marys Peak (cfm)
Marys Peak from downtown Corvallis (cfm)


Marys Peak is a familiar landmark in the central Willamette Valley. At 4,097 feet, it is the highest peak in the Coast Range, and its distinctive summit dominates the western horizon from Corvallis. From the summit meadow, there are 360-degree views up and down the Coast Range, west to the Pacific Ocean, and east across the Willamette Valley to Mount Jefferson and the Three Sisters. Mount Hood, Mount Saint Helens, and Mount Rainier are visible to the north, and you may be able to see as far south as Diamond Peak. Although there is a relay station here with antennae, the meadows make a perfect spot for a picnic on a warm dry day. Phlox, larkspur, paintbrush, and desert-parsley bloom here in the spring.

This mountain is considered a sky island. During the last glaciation period, while the valley floor and much of the coast range were sequentially flooded and covered in ice, the summit of Marys Peak was the last refuge. Many plant species retreated to the upper portions of the mountain. Don't expect basalt cliffs and jagged rocks up here. The summit meadows are broad open grassy slopes ringed by blue tinged noble firs (rare in the Coast Range). Some historians believe Marys Peak is the sacred place known as Chateemanwi (frequently anglicized to Chintimini) by the original human inhabitants of the area, the Kalapuya, who are now members of the Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde.

More Links


Oregon Hikers Field Guide is built as a collaborative effort by its user community. While we make every effort to fact-check, information found here should be considered anecdotal. You should cross-check against other references before planning a hike. Trail routing and conditions are subject to change. Please contact us if you notice errors on this page.

Hiking is a potentially risky activity, and the entire risk for users of this field guide is assumed by the user, and in no event shall Trailkeepers of Oregon be liable for any injury or damages suffered as a result of relying on content in this field guide. All content posted on the field guide becomes the property of Trailkeepers of Oregon, and may not be used without permission.