Marys Peak

July 30, 1988

Anticipating a hot day, we made an 8:00 a.m. start from the S.E.H.S. parking lot. Our route to Philomath was via River Road to Junction City: then, through Monroe on 99W to the Greenberry Store where we swung over to the Bellfountain Road, circumventing Corvallis. Knowing there were no restrooms at the trailhead, we made a brief stop at Connie’s/Flossie’s in Philomath before proceeding to the trailhead, arriving at 10:00 a.m. On the first leg of the ascent we passed through a minor logging operation which had succeeded in clogging the trail with felled trees and debris. Fortunately, this did not cover a wide area and we lost little tine. By the time we had climbed for an hour we realized we were going to be a lot more comfortable than the folks on the valley floor where the temperature was expected to reach 94 degrees that day. The Woods Creek Trail up the north side of Marys Peak is well canopied by tall fir and hemlock trees, creating a very pleasant environment for hiking. We had assumed that when we reached the open summit and had taken full advantage of the view, we would then drop back down into the forest to eat lunch. However, when we reached the top at 12:30 the elevation and the breeze made it so comfortable that we ate our lunch right there in full sunlight. Despite substantial smoke haze over the valley, we enjoyed a wonderful 360 degree view until we started the descent at 1:45 p.m. The numerous and wide traversing switchbacks of the trail made the trip down as time consuming as the ascent. Consequently, we didn’t get back to Eugene until 5:30 p.m. Those who participated in this escape from the valley heat were: Mari Baldwin, Genie Currier, Peter Fremgen, Jenny Lawry, Ed Lichtenstein, Susan Stewart and leader, Vernon Barkhurst.


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