Mary’s Peak – The First Oregon Peak

September 20, 2006 at 10:27 am 2 comments

On a beautiful, sunny afternoon, we headed out from Eugene, Oregon and drove west toward Newport, Oregon, on the Coast. Because we would be crossing the Coastal Range, we knew it would be the perfect opportunity for (cue dramatic music) our next Summit Cheeseburger! Oregon had yet to be conquered and we knew we were up to the challenge. Mark and I are both alumni of Oregon State University, and our travels this day would take us down nostalgia lane, driving down some familiar roads with our three children. We were able to take a very short detour off from Route 20, in Corvallis, and pause long enough to look at the apartment building we had lived in, over 22 years ago. We also pointed out the dormitory we lived in, where we had first met, as college students. The kids were oddly fascinated by this bit of family lore. Then it was on to Philomath, Oregon where we had decided to stop for the all-important Cheeseburgers! We found the perfect little hole-in-the-wall restaurant, Paul’s Place. We could not find a more fitting tribute to one of the founding members of the Cheeseburger Summit Movement, Paul. I selected my favorite burger, a mushroom Swiss and Mark had his usual “everything” burger. Our kids, like all typical American children, insisted on an additional stop at McDonald’s. Sigh.

Off to Mary’s Peak!

Mary’s Peak is the highest peak in the Oregon Coastal Range, with an altitude of 4097 feet. Luckily, you can drive almost all the way to the top. After winding eight miles up, we parked in the spacious lot, so thoughtfully provided. After depositing the required $5.00 in the drop box, we hiked the half-mile or so, up to the summit. It was hot and sunny with grasshoppers everywhere. After our hot and dusty walk, those cheeseburgers and lemonade were divine. Mark, Mitchell and I consumed our cheeseburgers in their entirety, while Paige and John opted for their usual chicken nuggets and fries. Burgers always taste better with a spectacular view!

Respectfully submitted,

Leslie, Mark and Mitchell

Entry filed under: Oregon Summits.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. summitcheese  |  September 20, 2006 at 7:16 pm

    This is a movement?

  • 2. Joni Schram  |  October 9, 2006 at 8:05 pm

    Way to go! Thanks for braving the wilderness and getting Oregon on the Map…


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To encourage, enable, and document the consumption of a Cheeseburger on every summit on earth.
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