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backpacking
2 months ago

A few friends and I backpacked this loop last August. We entered at the Devil’s lake trailhead and proceeded counter clockwise from there. We made it as far as camp lake which is a amazing side trip and worth the extra distance. Unfortunately, we were diverted from there due to a large wildfire north of Camp Lake. Rangers had closed the entire west side of the loop and were rerouting PCT hikers east and then south to avoid problems. We ended up circumnavigating Broken Top and cut the trip short. I will most certainly be going back to finish this loop. Be sure to secure permits for the Obsidian area in advance of your trip, they’re limited.

backpacking
2 months ago

Loved Three-Sisters- although this trail is not 35 mi- it is 45-50 miles depending on your entry point. I hiked clock-wise over 3 days 3 nights beginning at Pole Creek- there is no camping in the burn area at Pole Creek until you reach your first unnamed lake. There was no campfires allowed in Deschutes when I was there- which was not long after the big fire. This may have changed but I would check before going. Green Lakes was amazing, I went swimming in the water and spent plenty of time enjoying myself there, as I suggest to anyone taking this loop! Obsidian Falls was beautiful as well, but again- you can't camp here without special permits. Collier Cone was a long ascent and had limited water- but we never ran out. Overall it was amazing and 10/10 would return.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail, when I was here there was about 5 inches of snow which made the hike difficult but it was absolutly gorgeous. we had to ford streams 10 times on the way out and again on the way back looking forward to hiking this again in the late spring. At 9 miles one way (according to the sign at the trail head) this is a fairly long day hike.

totally gorgeous trail. things to be aware of: the map takes you directly to the south trailhead, but the last 5 miles are all dirt roads and sharp turns, so be careful. also, from the south trailhead to the north trailhead is 9 miles, so this trail, if done out and back, is actually 18 miles long. beautiful in december:)

Amazing hike! Went all the way up to the tarn and it was worth it, saw a goat as well! Ended up doing this hike after running into closure left and right due to fires in Sept. Road to get to the trail head was long and bumpy... had to drive slow to get there in my small sedan. Only passes two people the entire time on the hike.

on Marion Lake Trail

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike, the trail was pretty clear of snow until Lake Ann, beyond that it was very snowy. It was challenging to follow the trail at points but thankfully someone had hiked before us and left footprints to follow. Marion Lake was incredibly beautiful in the snow.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful hike! Perfect time of year for some autumn color and hints of winter!

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful fall colors around the lake and just a touch of snow up there but easily passable. Gorgeous!

Beautiful fall color!

Beautiful fall hike. The fall foliage is an amazing contrast to the clear blue waters of the river, especially with the rapids and falls. My pups loved the hike too. Right now (10/14) there’s a pine that’s fallen and splintered over the trail that’s hard for small dogs to climb over so I had to turn back early, but still seems fine for humans.

Beautiful easy hike.Follows the river the whole way. Easy to see trout and Salmon in the river. The Hatchery is a lot of fun. I went in October and the leaves were very colorful.

Amazing!
Hiked up to the saddle and ran into Oregon Field Guide film crew camped out up top waiting to document the eclipse. There was a herd of mountain goats clambering up the face Three fingered Jack. A blue green pool that feeds Canyon Creek lies behind a moraine in a cirque at the base of the gigantic sheer cliffs. Opposite the mountain, east of the saddle you can scramble up to a spire-like remnant. It is comprised of layered rock that matches up with layers that are visible high on the towering face of Three Fingered Jack, now separated by thousands of feet of empty space where mountain once stood, evidence of major erosion at work!

The pillars are neat and provide good views at the top. Mosquitos are unbearable in July be warned.

hiking
8 months ago

Getting ready to go there for the first time on Monday. Anyone know it there is still water in the creeks etc? Just wondering how much I should pack in. Thanks

hiking
8 months ago

Fun quick hike to pretty little lakes. the water was quite warm and surprisingly, no mosquitos.

hiking
8 months ago

We were there last weekend. We got lucky because there was a break in the smoke, which meant clear skies next to the mountain. Some of the daisies and beargrass had already finished blooming, but there was a ton of lupin and paintbrush out. It's a very beautiful place.

The prettiest part is the lower meadow, which is where the loop ends. You can go another mile to the upper meadow which is near the base of three-fingered jack. We stopped there, but you can also go further up to see the lake and a lookout point.

On the loop back be sure to pick the huckleberries. There's about a mile stretch where the trail is bordered by huckleberry bushes everywhere.

backpacking
8 months ago

Are backpackers allowed to camp anywhere on the trail?

backpacking
8 months ago

Are backpackers allow to camp anywhere along the trail?

Excellent

backpacking
8 months ago

Nice hike through well maintained old growth forest trail. Marion lake is a beautiful body of water with many trails branching off to different destinations. A great day hike or starting point for a multi-day.

trail running
8 months ago

Rough road to the trailhead, but with great views and excellent trail to bomb down. Midweek evening still saw backpackers but few others on trail

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camping
8 months ago

Nice short hike for backpacking/camping mild elevation gain/loss. Lake Marion is amazing and good views of 3fingerJ. Not too crowded for a Friday in summer. Kinda disappointed in people's inability to bury or take out their TP:(

hiking
8 months ago

Wow! What a spectacular hike! We hiked up to the saddle and were treated to great views of Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, the Three Sisters and Broken Top. The wild flowers were out in abundance as well as literally hundreds of Tiger butterflies. We saw mountain goats off in the distance. I uploaded several pictures and a gpx file.

Just did this hike today to the lower meadow. I was a little confused about the loop. I followed the signs to Canyon Creek meadow, no problem. There are still just a few spots of snow but nothing you can't easily skirt. The lupines are in full bloom and there are some paint brush scattered here and there. I must have passed a dozen dogs and their owners. Not a one of those dogs were on leashes. So I guess that is more of a suggestion than a rule. I started the hike at 1000 and it was already quite warm on the sunny side of the hike. I saw many people heading up to the upper meadow but I have no personal info on the conditions.

My family is planning to hike this week - a bit concerned about snow levels - any updates after all this gorgeous HOT weather we've been having?

hiking
9 months ago

Great day hike. Not too tough, not too many mosquitoes, and very pretty

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful hike, we went mostly to take the side trail right after Ann Lake to see the gorgeous waterfall. You have to do a little scrambling down to get a good view of both the lower and top part of the falls together. My only complaint is I was constantly being bitten by mosquitoes. My fault for not spraying myself but I did acquire over 30 big bites on my arms and legs.

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