Marys Peak-Home of the true Mountain Beaver (Aplodontia rufa) 06/26/2007

July 30, 2007 at 11:57 am 2 comments

Mary’s Peak also known as CHINTIMINI or spirit mountain is 4,097 feet in elevation, and is the highest point in the entire Oregon Coast Range. A lesser known fact is that Mary’s Peak is also home to the Mountain Beaver (Aplodontia Rufa). In the late 1960s, research on the Chromosomes of the Mountain Beaver took place at nearby Oregon State University in the Chromosome Laboratory of Donald Humphrey. Intriguingly, the mascot for Oregon State University happens to be the American Beaver (Castor canadensis). It is perhaps regrettable, but not surprising that some neophytes make the mistake of mixing up the American Beaver with the Mountain Beaver. This is a mistake as the Mountain Beaver is not a true beaver, but a rodent. I should also warn readers, that the Mountain Beaver is well known for a cantankerous disposition and a willingness to bite if approached. Some less informed individualsmight choose to describe this as the temperament of a ‘Killer Mountain Beaver’, but again they would be sorely mistaken. The Mountain Beaver is not a killer, but simply grouchy in nature.

As we were seeking delicous Cheeseburgers, our quest carried us to Joni’s Market in the nearby town of Philomath (a seeker of knowledge and facts). It is important to note that Cheeseburgers are not listed on the menu board at Joni’s Market, but can be made available upon request. Marys Peak is located just west of Oregon State University (home of Benny the Beaver) off of Highway 34. The summit can be reached by following the winding road for 9 miles to reach the final parking lot. From the parking lot, there is a gravel road to the observation tower, but the gate is often closed to car access. We ate our Cheeseburgers in a sundappled field enjoying the panoramic views of the Oregon Coast Range.



Pictures to follow


Entry filed under: Oregon Summits.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sirloinofbeef  |  July 30, 2007 at 1:15 pm

    And next you’re going to tell us about the sea serpents you saw in Oregon. Or was it large hair-covered man/ape creatures?

  • 2. fyingELVIS!  |  July 30, 2007 at 4:25 pm

    well, according to the internet … you are not entirely full of shit:

    … kind’a looks like a Marmot and a rat.


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