Marys Peak, Oregon, USA, is the highest point in Oregon’s Coast Range, located 40 minutes west of Corvallis. Its 4,097 feet (1,250 m) makes it possible to see both the Pacific Ocean to the west and many of the Cascade peaks to the east across the Willamette Valley. The peak can be reached via a short hike from a nearby parking lot. Mary’s Peak has been designated a Scenic Botanical Area and there are many hiking options as well as camping and cycling. In the winter there are also many winter activities, but keep in mind that the road to the day use area is not maintained for winter travel. An EarthSky community member wrote: “Mary’s Peak gets you above the Willamette Valley haze. Wide meadows across the whole top of the mountain provide an unobstructed view of the whole sky. The parking lot gets crowded during big astronomical events, but you can spread out a blanket in the meadow and enjoy the stars with your family.”
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