Squilchuck State Park is a 288-acre park covered with forests of fir and ponderosa pine. The park sits below Mission Ridge at an elevation of 3,200 feet. A group camp is available by reservations for groups of 20 or more. The Squilchuck Lodge also may be reserved for day-use events for groups. The lodge is very popular for weddings, reunions and other group activities.
we make this hike a couple times a year in the spring and fall. 3/4 of a mile of steep trail followed by 3/4 mile of semi steep trails. My son has hiked it since he was 4 so its not difficult. well maintained trail with Clara being a beutiful lake and Marion beyond being more swampy. Bring mosquito repellent and a pocket parka since sudden rain is common.
We ( husband and 6-1/2 year old ) completed this hike for the first time a few days ago, it was a great family hike for us, approximately 3 to 3-1/2 mile hike with wild flowers to enjoy along the way. Hike was a bit steep and mostly uphill but very manageable for all of us.
We found a pond of water and thought it was Clara Lake, but found the real Clara Lake down the trail a bit more, so don't fret when you first find the pond :)
This hike was quite lovely, my dog and I very much enjoyed it. Met a chick my age up toward the top with her dog as well and we ended up finishing the trail together while our dogs ran free and enjoyed eachothers company. The lake was pristine and great in color. I will be coming back for sure.
Nick C. on Clara and Marion Lakes Trail
Excellent hike. Consistently steep but not overly strenuous on the way to Marion Lake. Clara lake is nice, but not as much as the Marion.
Dorothy C. on Clara and Marion Lakes Trail
Easy trail access without use permit. We were looking for Clara Lake, but only saw trail sign for Marion Lake. We went the opposite way and ended up on a road near Beehive. It added a couple of miles to the hike, but went back and did find Clara Lake which was pretty enough. Some loose shale, but nothing horrible.
This is the perfect day hike! The trail winds up through beautiful old pine trees and the lake itself is clear and pretty. My boyfriend and I took our time hiking, ate lunch and relaxed by the lake, and got back down to the bottom all in about 4 hours. It's great for all ages, is dog and horse friendly, and is great anytime of year. We hiked this month (September) and the weather was cool and refreshing. Will definitely be hiking up here again!
Kristin F. on Clara and Marion Lakes Trail
Beautiful hike for a summer morning - we will be back! A little steep in places but nothing a 40 year old and 60 year old in average shape couldn't handle. If you aren't sure footed I'd recommend a walking stick to maintain your balance. Signage was adequate and trail was well maintained. Lots of bird song and pretty wild flowers on the way up. The lakes may be small, but they are stunning. We are absolutely looking forward to returning for our first backpacking overnight adventure!
We had the trail and the lakes to ourselves for the first half of the hike; however, the area became more populated after noon (we encountered four other groups total). We were disappointed to run into (2) separate couples who were hiking with their dogs off leash on the way down. I am a dog lover and had my beagle leashed by my side for the entire hike. I am concerned that trails like this will become closed to dogs if people continue to disregard the leash requirements. Even if you are able to maintain voice control of your dog - please don't blow it for the rest of us who haven't been able to achieve similar success. I can't imagine a hike without my best four legged pal.
Directions: Park in the Mission Ridge parking lot. Trailhead is posted. When you reach the junction with the pipeline trail, follow the directions on the next posted sign and continue forward. Near the top of the climb you will find a wood sign posted on a tree labeled "Squilchuck Trail 1200". The sign directs you left to Lake Marion or right to Liberty & Beehive Rd. Take the left to Lake Marion. Shortly you will come to a swampy marsh area - keep going, Clara Lake is just ahead and Lake Marion is not too much farther beyond.
Finally got around to checking out this trail with my cousin. We took this trip mid September. The hike starts off with some cutbacks but becomes easier as you ascend. The "lakes" however, as the pictures show, are really glorified ponds. Marion was almost non-existent. It gave us both a chuckle. Still a nice hike and in out backyard so it was worth it and we will definitely be going again.