Marys Peak

April 25, 2006

The two major concerns prior to setting out were the forecast of cloudy conditions with a chance of showers and, more important, status of the heavy snowpack which had prevented reaching the peak two weeks ago. Seemingly miraculously, the clouds gave way to blue sky enroute and the snowpack had sufficiently melted that we were able to primarily hike off of it. The top of the Peak was totally clear of snow.

The trail requires a steady, but not steep, ascent of 2000' over a 4 mile distance from about 2000' elevation to just over 4000'. It is in excellent condition—very dry for this time of year. The first 3½ miles up the North Ridge is through a beautiful hemlock/cedar forest with little undergrowth except in the lower reaches. The flowers we saw, primarily trillium and yellow violets, but also flowering currant and oxalis, were present only in the first mile.

The view from the Peak is breathtaking. Today we could see all the way from the Pacific to Mt. Jefferson plus the North and Middle Sister. The fortunate hikers, all members, were Dan Christensen (leader), Jane Hackett, Janet Hall (welcome back), Janet Jacobson, Sherwood Jefferies, Nola Nelson and Barb Revere.

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