The drive up to Mary's Peak is a must detour anytime one is in the Corvallis area. Off Highway 34, it's about a 9 mile drive (all paved) to the top of the highest peak in the Coast Range. On a nice day, you can see for miles. We went on an interesting day. Leaving Corvallis, it was still dark and cloudy. By the time we got to the top of the peak, it was sunny. Even though we couldn't see for miles, it was very awesome to above the cloud line. It was like being in an airplane. After parking the car, one can walk the short trail to the very top which we did. There is a picnic table on the top if you bring your lunch. The view is about the same as from the parking lot, but you do see more. The area is the only spot in the Coast Range where one can see alpine meadows. Hiking trails and campsites are available. A NW Forest pass or another Federal pass is required to be at the top. I hear the view is different each time one goes up and I believe it. Maybe next time I'll see the ocean and Mount Hood.
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