We hiked four and a half miles through gorgeous mature forest to the Mary's Peak overlook, which is disguised as a parking lot. One small aside was, we all plowed over a stack of trail blocking debris to pursue a non trail for a 100 feet or so. We arrived at the parking lot to a cold breeze and one car. A quarter mile jaunt to the summit took us past some really planned looking rock garden with penstemon, lomatian, phlox and other flowers blooming splendidly. Lunch at a picnic table next to some unattractive transmitting and receiving items afforded a great valley to the coast view. The Cascades were enshrouded. The rain started as we began our descent, and followed with intermittent sunshine to our cars. We walked down the East Trail to a closed forest road for a gentle stroll to the starting point. A GPS unit showed 11.6 miles completed, though we all agreed it seemed shorter. Guess we're all in great shape!Members: Mary Holbert, Janet Jacobsen, Ernst Schwintzer, Jim Woodard. Nonmembers: Alicia McGraw, Patricia Neighbor.
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