Mary's Peak- North Ridge - Trail, Philomath, Oregon

Mary's Peak- North Ridge - Trail, Philomath, Oregon

DESCRIPTION

A very technical trail that almost feels like the north shore. Not too steep but with some tough switchbacks and technical sections and great dropoffs. This trail is the best in the area by far. East ridge is also nic e but shorter and not as difficult.

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 07, 2009]
jaewannabe
Weekend Warrior

This is a great trail, don't do like i did and not read any of these reviews before you go. I parked at Conner's camp, rode down the road to Woods creek access and then up the North Ridge trail. Wow, i would love to meet the guys who can ride up that without walking some of the spots. Wouldn't recommend this, especially when its wet, lots of roots and they are slick as snot. Fun trail, dry would be better.

Customer Service

Park at Woods Creek access! Not at Conner's Camp. Ride road past gate to Conner's camp and then up East trail.

Similar Products Used:

Blackrock
Dallas Ridgeline
Dan's trail
Silver Creek Falls
Shellburg falls( logging has closed some for now)

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 26, 2009]
fselker
Cross Country Rider

Beautiful, fun trail. Big root challenges along an excellent and pretty trail. Not hard to hop off and walk the ones you don't want to ride, but also good expert-level challenges for those wanting it. I don't think I'd want to ride this wet - those roots would be slick. We rode up East trail (great, fun climb) and then down this. It's a big climb, but whole loop only takes something like 2-3 hours, so didn't rate too hard. Also, if you aren't expert you can still have fun on this - just walk a dozen or two dozen short sections.

Customer Service

Up road and East, then down North, cross gravel road and continue down on extension trail.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 22, 2008]
tdogbiker
Weekend Warrior

This trail kicks butt! There are definitely some technical areas that most will need to walk, but there are a few spots where a rider can be callenged and want to try. There are also some technical areas where the trail is ridable, but the penalty for failure could be costly (exposure makes some spots a little sketchy). This was probably the most technical trail I had been on before visiting Moab and doing Porcupine Rim, Slickrock, etc. We rode the trail in June and it was in great shape. This is one of my favorite local trails, along with the McKenzie River Trail.

Customer Service

Park @ gate at the end of Woods Creek Rd and go up the gravel road until you reach the Eastridge Trail. Take Eastridge to top of the peak (nice views from the tower) then go down the Northridge Trail back to the gate.

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McKenzie River Trail (1.5 hours from Corvallis)
Waldo Lake Trail & Lemish Lake Trail (2.25 hours away from Corvallis)
Black Rock in Falls City (40 minutes from Corvallis)
Bend area trails (2 hours from Corvallis)
McDonald and Dunn Forests (10 minutes from Corvallis) There are tons of awesome trails in the McDonald and Dunn Forests in Corvallis. Lots of smooth singletrack and enough technical stuff to make most happy!
Let me know if you are looking to come and ride in Corvallis.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 12, 2007]
gonegator
Cross Country Rider

I can't believe that I rode this for the first time after living in Oregon for 15 years. Rode on 6/10/07 in a pretty solid downpour with a couple of friends. Went up the East ridge to the summit (sweet climb with a couple of nice pitches and fun root moves), put the headphones on and let it rip.

The roots on this descent were super slippery, like my ex's tongue after a women's rugby party. Nuff said. Bailed a couple of moves, but might have pulled it off on a dry day. This was one of the most fun rides I have done and as good as Moon Point, Crawfish, Lawler, or about any other up and down in Western Oregon. Can't wait to go again.

Customer Service

Ride up East Ridge, Down North Ridge, seems like a no-brainer. North Ridge would be difficult to ride up.

Similar Products Used:

Mac Forest has a lot of trails

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 08, 2007]
Terry Tiessen
Weekend Warrior

This trail is crazy! After riding up the East Ridge Trail, this downhill is earned. The trail descends rapidly over gnarly roots and rocks. There are drops of plenty and no shortage of tight switchbacks. The trail had a few trees we had to hike over, but no big deal. There are some nice and sometimes scary views along the ride. If the baby heads don't get ya, then the slippery roots will. A good portion of the trail is quite narrow and if a person wasn't paying full attention, there could be trouble. This is no beginners ride. I would say this is the most technical trail I've had the chance to ride. The McKenzie River Trail is probably 2nd. Great trail with great views. I'll be back in a couple weeks for my second ride.

Customer Service

Drive a few miles up Woods Creek Rd (South off hwy 20) and park on the left in a large parking area by the gate. Go up the gravel road for ~3 miles and turn sharp right onto East Ridge Trail and go up, up, and up to the parking lot of Mary's Peak. Catch the North Ridge Trail (near the entrance to the parking lot) and get ready to grin!! The trail goes down for a long time and comes out ~50 yards from the parking lot onto the same gravel road the ride started on.

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McDonald/Dunn Forests: Bomb Drop, Kavorkian, Shave and a haircut, Thistle, Bee Sting, High Horse, Northwest Express, Give-me-a-day, Chuffed, and many more.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 05, 2007]
johnstoc
Weekend Warrior

Awesome trail. 3000 feet of elevation, rocky, rooty, technical fun. Most parts are rideable (maybe all if you've got skillz) and a blast to come down. You are descending a tight, steep, technical, singletrack trail from the highest peak in the coast range.

Get a map of the area at peak sports and bring a compass, plenty of water, and food.

Customer Service

Drive up woods creek road to the gate. Ride gravel road to conners camp, ride east ridge trail to the parking lot, go out to the summit (across the meadow) for lunch and a break, ride the north ridge trail down.

If you are lame, you can drive a car up to the parking lot and ride down.

Similar Products Used:

McDonald forest...

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[May 20, 2007]
Kevin
Cross Country Rider

This was the best XC trail I have ever ridden in Oregon. It was also the most technical trail. I can't say enough about it, except that it took by breath away comming down!! The only bad thing was that there were a lot of down trees on the trail from the winter.

Customer Service

Start at the gate and ride up the road to the east ridge trail. Take ER trail to upper parking lot. I would then recomend climbing the gravel road to the summit of Marys Peak, the view is worth it. Finally ride the North Ridge trail back down to where you parked.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 15, 2005]
crawfose@onid.orst.edu
Cross Country Rider

This is probably my favorite trail. I love Mary's Peak, and this ride seems to embody everything about the mountain. It's very technical in places, and, like others have said, pretty close to unrideable in a couple spots. Rumor has it that a handful of people have ridden the whole way up--I'm not in the handful. Last time I rode it, it was 100 degrees in Corvallis, and a perfect 72 in the trees up on the peak. Take HWY 34 through Corvallis, and a mile or so outside of Philomath, take a right on Woods Creek Road, and drive to the top. You will know when you get to where you want to be--it's an obvious, large, dirt parking area and a gate. I get a little frustrated jumping out the pedals to clamber over the real technical stuff, but it's all more than worth it once you start cruising. And damn is it close to Corvallis. Heck yea.

Customer Service

Ride up the gravel road that's on the other side of the gate. This will spit you out just above Conner's Camp, at the East Ridge Trailhead. I like to ride the East Ridge all the way to the top (~3 miles). Ride down the gravel road at the top until you get to the parking area. The North Ridge Trail starts just after the parking area (it's all well marked).

Similar Products Used:

Mac Forest--the king of great trails. There's something for everyone here.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 08, 2004]
steelstump93
Cross Country Rider

The north ridge is 4 miles of prime technical single track. There are a lot of rooted sections that are rideable and at least 3 or 4 that are not (unless you have very good bike handling skills and/or armor). Because there are so many rooted sections I would not recommend riding this trail soon after a rain. I rode this trail on 9/05, a few days after some wet weather, and it was perfect. You'll want to take east ridge trail up. It's a tough climb, but it's cleanable except for one section. going up N. ridge is not recommended, unless you like walking.

Customer Service

Take hwy. 20 west out of philomath about 2mi., take a left on woods creek rd. and take that for 2-3 miles until you reach the gate (there will be a partking area to the left). Ride past the gate (the bottom of N. ridge trail will be on you right a few yards after the gate) and stay on the road for about 3 miles until you get to another gate (and the paved rd. up marys peak), this is where E. ridge trail starts. Take E. ridge until you come to a split in the trail, go up to the left and this will take you to the parking lot near the top of the peak. From here take a right at the parking lot to find N. ridge trail and enjoy the ride.

Similar Products Used:

Mac Forrest

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 05, 2000]
Noah

This trail kicks ass. I ride it as much as I possibly can, as often as possible and evey time I want more. WE usually park at Connors Camp, carpool to the top and then rid eup woods creek road. That way there's not oo much uphill. But I woudl ride this no matter how much uphill there was. It's gnarly and extremely difficult yet almost completely rideable. We stop at the difficult parts with a camera and try it over and over. Don't try this trail with a rigid. It's rooty and rocky and technical and wonderful. Email me if you want to carpool up there.

Customer Service

as said above. I reccomend parkign at the bottom, riding up Woods creek road to the top and then up east ridge (trail to your right after the gate).

Similar Products Used:

McDonald forest forever!!!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
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