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Marys Peak Recreation Area

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In Oregon, a bicycle is legally considered a vehicle, and the same Oregon road laws apply. Please “be seen” and practice safe riding. Vehicle traffic, farm equipment and narrow shoulders exist on many Oregon roads, and you may find that construction projects, traffic or other events may cause road conditions or signage to differ from the map results, ride descriptions and directions. For travel options plus weather and road conditions, visit tripcheck.com, call 511 (in Oregon only), 800.977.6368 or 503.588.2941. Routes listed on this website are for informational purposes and intended as a reference guide only.

At 4,097 ft, this mountain – known as Chintimini to native people of the region – is the highest point in the Coast Range. The summit offers panoramic views of the Willamette Valley, Coast Range, the Cascades, and even the Pacific Ocean. It draws alpine species not found elsewhere in the Willamette Valley, including wintering flocks of Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (arriving in Nov), migrant American Pipit and Horned Lark, and occasional Snow Bunting. Mature stands of noble fir and extensive grassy meadows are unique for the central Coast Range. Species that are typical of open forests on the east slope of the Oregon Cascades, such as Clark’s Nutcracker and Mountain Chickadee, are found occasionally as vagrants, and some such as Townsend’s Solitaire may nest. Resident birds more typical of the Pacific Northwest forests include Mountain Quail, Northern Pygmy-Owl, Gray Jay, and Red Crossbill. In nesting season these are joined by Hammond’s Flycatcher and Hermit Warbler. This is one of Oregon?s best sites for Sooty Grouse. ‘Hooting’ season begins in mid- to late-March, peaks in April, and continues into June. Early summer may yield sightings of hens with chicks as they feed along roads. A NW Forest Pass is required for access.

Mary?s Peak Rd starts at MP 47.9 of Hwy 34, which is 8 mi NE of Alsea or 9 mi SW of Philomath (GPS 44 28.029 N, 123 30.197 W). From there, bird your way along Mary?s Peak Rd for 9 mi to the main Observation Point parking area. There are several nice hikes on trails, as well as a 0.5 mi gravel road to the summit from the parking area. Mary’s Peak Rd is closed at MP 5.5 from Dec 1-March 31, and often longer until the snow is cleared.

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