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Register for 2019 ARTscend Marys Peak

Whether you've been admiring Marys Peak from a distance or exploring the trails for years, we invite you to deepen your relationship with the highest peak in the Oregon Coast Range this summer. We welcome writers of all experience levels to join us for ARTscend Marys Peak.

To participate, choose one of three guided field trips to Marys Peak on June 29, write one or more short pieces inspired by your experience on the mountain, submit your piece(s) online by September 9, and then join us for an ARTscend Reading on October 24 at 7 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the Marys Peak Alliance of AFRANA, the Marys Peak Group of the Sierra Club, and the Spring Creek Project.

Registration is required. Please see below for more details and click here to register:


Field Trips on June 29 – Choose one of three guided field trips on Marys Peak. Each field trip will be led by a certified interpretive guide. We will send you meeting locations and more details about what to bring a few weeks before the field trips.

  • Waterfall Trek (difficult hiking): Explore three or more off-the-beaten path waterfalls including Yaqo'n Falls, Lo wa' ha yu Falls, and Lower Wusi'n Falls. As we hike to each waterfall, we'll discuss the allure of falling water and how water shapes the physical and cultural landscape of Marys Peak. This is the most adventurous field trip for hikers who are comfortable on rough, off-trail terrain.
  • Loop Hike to the Summit (moderate hiking): Enjoy a two-mile loop hike through Noble fir forests, rare sub-alpine meadows, and blooming rock gardens. We'll stop along the way to talk about the ecology and cultural history of Marys Peak. With a view from the summit, we’ll learn about the subduction zone that stretches from the Pacific Ocean to the Cascades. This field trip for hikers who are comfortable with moderate elevation gain and loss.
  • Geology Road Trip (no hiking): Visit geological formations that tell the story of how Marys Peak was formed. From gnarled cliffs to exposed bedrock, each of our five stops will give us deep insight into the long history of the mountain. This field trip does not require hiking.

Submissions Due September 9 – Submit your ARTscend Marys Peak writing to the Spring Creek Project. We'll be in touch with all registrants to pass along a link to upload your submissions. We welcome submissions in four categories:

  • Poetry (up to 3 poems)
  • Fiction (1 piece, 1,500 word limit)
  • Creative nonfiction (1 piece, 1,500 word limit)
  • Field Guide entry (2 pieces, 500 word limit each). Pick a plant, animal, insect, or geographic feature on Marys Peak and put a creative spin on the classic field guide entry.

ARTscend Reading on October 24 – Join us for the ARTscend Reading at the Corvallis Public Library at 7 p.m. A panel of judges will select from the entries, and we will notify readers the week before the community event.

Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 11:00am

Marys Peak

Event Type

Outing or Trip


Community, Faculty and Staff, Student, Alumni




Free, but registration required

Spring Creek Project
Contact Name

Shelley Stonebrook

Contact Email

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