Last summer, I wrote a post on my All-time Top 5 Favorite Hikes. This past weekend I got to revisit one of the best: Mary’s Peak, the highest summit in Oregon’s Coast Range.
When I lived in Oregon, I hiked up Mary’s Peak at least once a week. The trail winds up through pristine Oregon Old Growth woods and then summits in a vast widflower-filled meadow. From the top you can see the Pacific to the west and the Cascade volcanoes to the east. Step for step, it’s one of the most beautiful hikes on Earth.
It’s a good thing I remember the view from the summit well, because when I revisited Mary’s Peak over the weekend, I saw nothing but clouds. The view was completely socked in by fog, in all directions. Even still, the hike up through the misty trees was stunning and still worthy of my top 5.
A Top Ten hikes post is on my to write list! Stay tuned…