Marys Peak Closed by Benton County Sheriff’s Office

On Dec. 31, 2021, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office announced in a Facebook post that access to Marys Peak at Highway 34 had been closed due to too many stranded motorists. There have been no updates on when it will reopen. 

Response to the closure has been mixed. Comments show that many locals are well prepared for the deep snows and the potential for getting stuck and don’t agree with the mountain roads being closed. Others suggest offering huge towing fees so the Sheriff’s department doesn’t have to rescue motorists. While others question Benton County’s ability to control Federal lands.   

Overall, many agree that one should know how to handle the conditions before even considering driving up the dangerous snowy roads. According to the USDA Forest Service’s website, Marys Peak, at 4,097 feet, is the highest point in Oregon’s Coast Range and the most prominent peak to the west of Corvallis. 

By Stacey Newman Weldon