Mary’s Peak

March 28, 1987

Twelve eager hikers joined the leader in Philomath under sunny skies. En route to the trailhead we encountered a small logging operation, but were soon on the trail which was steep in spots but numerous switchbacks lessened the grade. We soon reached some snow but pushed on, with the lead group reaching the parking lot near the summit in 2 hours. The road was open, so several car loads of people were present, many sliding down the hill on tires. The wind was blowing, but all the Cascades from Mnt. St. Helens to Diamond Peak were visible. After a snack (lunch for some!), we continued to the microwave/radio tower-studded summit, which afforded a 360-degree view of the Coast Range. It was too hazy to see the ocean. Our descent was uneventful, with a few early spring flowers spotted at the trailhead. This was a good warm-up hike for Glenn Aplin, Ted Briles, Shirley Driver, Mary Millman, Dixie and Rich Minkler, Jeri Rexford, Pat Richardson, Ethel and Suzanne Steussy, Steve Wolfe, Mel Zavodsky, and Ralph Nafziger (leader).

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