Marys Peak, Oregon, USA, at 4,097 feet, is the highest point in Oregon’s Coast Range and the most prominent peak to the west of Corvallis. Follow Highway 34 west from Philomath for 10 miles then turn north from Highway 34 onto Marys Peak Road. In 5.5 miles you will reach Conner’s Camp, the Lower East Ridge trailhead location. Meadow Edge Trail is located 3.3 miles beyond Conner’s Camp at the Marys Peak campground.
“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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