Marys Peak 05-July-2010

This forum is used to share your experiences out on the trails.
Post Reply
User avatar
VanMarmot
Posts: 1923
Joined: May 28th, 2008, 10:03 pm

Marys Peak 05-July-2010

Post by VanMarmot » July 5th, 2010, 5:23 pm

We did a short hike on Marys Peak today – my first visit. I worried that the clouds wouldn’t abate (it’s the 5th of July!!!) and that the flowers would be all gone. Wrong on both counts. The clouds parted enough to become picturesque and there were plenty of flowers on the summit – some still emerging. We started on the East Ridge Trail from the Conner’s Camp TH,

Image

then took the Summit Trail to the top. This trail seems to have been realigned lately, as it now goes around the upper parking lot entirely and joins the dirt road to the summit well above the lot. There were all kinds of colorful flowers blooming on the summit – my guess is that they’re running 1-2 weeks late(?).

Image Image

The clouds parted enough to give us a pretty good view from the summit – not all the way to the Cascades or Coast but still worth it.

Image

Image Image

Once the sun came out things warmed a bit but never got out of the high 60’s – perfect hiking weather anytime but somewhat surprising in July (weather report says that tomorrow the temperature is going to shoot up 20 F – we’ll see). Also surprising was the lack of crowds on what seems like a very accessible and popular summit. We also missed any significant “back to Portland after the holiday” traffic on I-5 north-bound. So, overall, a great day!

User avatar
kelkev
Posts: 771
Joined: May 28th, 2008, 10:03 pm
Location: McMinnville, OR

Re: Marys Peak 05-July-2010

Post by kelkev » July 5th, 2010, 5:29 pm

Beautiful photos. Marys Peak is such a great place to see early summer wildflowers. And I was stuck at work today!! Ha!
"Going to the mountains is going home."
— John Muir


User avatar
mattisnotfrench
Posts: 1296
Joined: May 28th, 2008, 10:03 pm
Location: SE Portland
Contact:

Re: Marys Peak 05-July-2010

Post by mattisnotfrench » July 5th, 2010, 10:59 pm

Nice report! We were up there last weekend and had a fabulous time. You can see from the ocean on one side to the Cascades on the other, and in total, you can see 11 Cascade volcanoes. Truly incredible. The larkspur on the summit meadow was insane...I've never seen that much larkspur in my life.

A highly recommended hike.
Author of 101 Hikes in the Majestic Mount Jefferson Region.

Also available: Off the Beaten Trail: Fifty Fantastic Unknown Hikes in NW Oregon and SW Washington

Post Reply