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Marys Peak Loop

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 4.6 (18) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Epitome of all-mountain riding. Climbing rewards: whooshing curves, roots and off camber exposure.


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9.7

Miles

15.6

KM

70%

Singletrack

3,779' 1,152 m

High

1,804' 550 m

Low

2,025' 617 m

Up

2,017' 615 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

• Closed to biking from October 15 to May 15.
• This is a multi-use trail. Be aware of other users and yield appropriately.

Overview

A road climb starts from Woods Creek parking lot for 3.5 mile road climb. Climbing then continues on East Ridge trail with an older growth structure forest with a few glimpses of Corvallis, Oregon in the distance.

Then the North Ridge Trail challenges riders with downhill style riding and lots of exposure. It takes some riders years to master technical root sections after many days of walking past them.

Need to Know

If you park at the upper parking lot, buy a day pass or you may be ticketed - it's patrolled regularly.

If you have time, ride up the road when at the Upper East/Northridge parking lot and take a look at the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Volcanoes such as Mt. Hood, Jefferson, Mt. Ranier and the Three Sisters to name a few on a clear day if you can catch one.

Description

The typical ride begins with 3.5 miles of road climbing from Woods Creek gate up the fire road to the East Ridge trailhead. East Ridge Trail starts to the right at the intersection with the paved Mary's Peak road.

Approximately 2.1 miles of climbing on the East Ridge Trail will reward the rider with an awesome descent of loamy soil with curves, roots and off camber trail. If you can climb East Ridge Trail without putting a foot down or walking the entire climb, you are almost superhuman, but it's possible.

Note: You can also stop one mile up the East Ridge trail at the bench intersection and take the Tie Trail over to the Northridge trail and back to the car. Not featured in this ride.

After riding straight through the parking lot you'll come to North Ridge Trail for a mixture of wide open dh style riding, off camber roots, whooshing turns and technical bits of trail loaded with exposure. Be careful with your speed during exposed or blind corners. You might just find yourself inadvertently flying off the trail. It could be 10-40 ft off the hill.

After approximately four miles of flowy switchback loamy trail, you'll be back at the gate you started at and your vehicle.

(**If you wish, you can proceed down the lower Mary's Peak trail which parallels the Woods Creek road for approximately two miles. Not featured in this ride**)

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Shared By:

Eric Emerson

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 18 votes

#653

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  4.6 from 18 votes
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#25

in Oregon

#653

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Photos

A rider navigates a slippery root section on the North Ridge Trail.
Mar 7, 2017 near Philomath, OR
Junction of the North Ridge Trail and Mary's Peak Loop just above the parking lot
Sep 15, 2016 near Philomath, OR
Fun, smoothed corners that can be pumped, but watch out for your bars!
Sep 15, 2016 near Philomath, OR
Lead into the double up
Sep 23, 2013 near Philomath, OR
Fun Rooty Goodness! hit it with steam front wheel tap and ride the bronco..
Sep 23, 2013 near Philomath, OR
Watch yer bars! 30" bars barely make it through clean. Many riders have been thrown 20' vertically down the hill onto rock piles.
Sep 23, 2013 near Philomath, OR

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Oct 2, 2020
James Putnam
Jul 19, 2020
Tim Kaufman
9.7mi
Jun 29, 2019
Carlos Perea
Parts are incredibly beautiful, others are fun with many natural technical challenges of roots and exposure... the main problem was many downed trees 11.5mi — 2h 30m
Oct 18, 2018
Anthony Le
Aug 17, 2018
Leland Hubble
Jun 22, 2018
Konstantin Alemasov
Aug 26, 2017
Coltonpalmer
Jun 24, 2017
Konstantin Alemasov