hiking
blowdown
bugs
muddy
2 days ago

Relaxing hike minus the blowdown. The views were nice, but most of it was just through woods and the blowdown was pretty ridiculous in some sections. Gorgeous lake, but nothing crazy. Very easy hike.

Such a fun trail!! Got a little lost looking for the trailhead from google maps, turn down NF2233 instead of 2243. Still lots of snow but that added more fun (:

hiking
blowdown
3 days ago

Beautiful lakes! Great fishing. So many blow downs for hiking in with packs. Posted a pic of some downed trees for perspective. It’s kind of ridiculous how many.

hiking
blowdown
5 days ago

Great hike with an awesome view of Three Fingered Jack! Would have given it a 5 but there are a lot of downed trees across the trail which were blocking the way. Still made it through with a dog though. At around .75 miles there is a particularly bad patch of downed trees and we got lost from the trail for approximately 20 minutes. Look for orange ties that other hikers have left behind to help you stay on track in this area. No snow and otherwise pretty easy and beautiful!

hiking
blowdown
no shade
off trail
over grown
snow
6 days ago

Patchy snow but nothing crazy, dog did just fine. Little to no shade as it is a burn area, but the lakes are pretty full.

hiking
snow
6 days ago

Saw a large bear on 5/27/2020 near the trail. He was in the large semi-flat meadow near where Gate Creek Trail joins Browder Ridge Trail. He was an impressive sight as he ran away from us. The Browder Ridge portion of the trail still had quite a bit of snow on it, making it hard to follow. We didn’t go all the way to the summit. Spectacular views, especially from the meadow where we encountered the bear.

on Marion Lake Trail

camping
blowdown
6 days ago

Few nasty patches of trees down. Stayed the night with the place all to ourselves. Some areas closed to camp for restoration, follow posted signs!

fishing
blowdown
over grown
8 days ago

First off the turn onto Elkhorn Dr is after mile marker 14 not 13. Great hike but definitely more moderate than easy. Steep areas and lots of roots and rocks on the path. Slippery when wet. We only traversed to the Elkhorn Falls and came back. Although you walk next to the river there are no spots to go down except the swimming hole area and that was too steep and wet to do today. We will try this one in dryer weather as I feel it will be easier to do then.

So, so beautiful. We did two nights over Memorial Day weekend (5/23-5/25). There was a significant blow down early on the trail, but the ranger had just come through and marked the route. Just be sure to have the map downloaded so you’re able to find the trail if you get lost. We went left at the junction toward the lake. The first night we camped at Marion Lake. We found a pretty little spot down below the trail and watched the sun light up Three Fingered Jack while we ate dinner. The next day we hiked on towards Bowerman Lake trail to Little Bowerman Lake. There was snow at basically exactly 5000 feet that was really deep. We were postholing all over the place. To get to Little Bowerman we had to hike through a burned forest and lots of blow downs. It was pretty fun though, kind of like an obstacle course. We camped on a little hill right above Little Bowerman Lake with epic views of Jefferson and Three Fingered Jack. It was absolutely amazing. Loved this trail and can’t wait to come back!

Lots of downed trees on the path way but it was such a beautiful hike and worth climbing over every one.

backpacking
9 days ago

Lots of downed trees but it is passable. We went all the way to the fire brun area then decided we didn't want to go further. No passes were required when we were there a couple days ago. The lake is beautiful.

Trailhead is accessible without driving on snow. However entire trail still has about 4-6 inches of snow on it.

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful trail! We didn’t make it to the falls. After you cross the creek the trail is difficult to find and follow. The water also looked a bit high, which could have been the problem.

A fun little trail. Did the trail up and then the road over to 3 pools.

hiking
closed
muddy
snow
17 days ago

Love this hike but mid May the road to the trail still had a lot of snow and no way to reach the trail head. Trail probably still had snow, mud, some down trees in the area

We got to the trailhead around 9AM on 5/16/2020 and there were two other cars parked. The road to the TH was in good shape and downed trees had been cut/removed enough for a car to pass. We hiked clockwise-taking a left at the first split. The first 1.5/2 miles of the trail are in rough shape with SO many downed trees right now (not surprising considering the time of year and the COVID shut down). Many of these trees are quite large and require you maneuver under or over them which is difficult with a backpacking pack on. We are in our 20s in great shape and we were still getting pretty tired of the tree traversing. We reevaluated at about 3 miles and considered turning around, but kept going. Miles 3-6 weren't nearly as bad with the trees, and for the most part through the burned regions the trail was well kept and easy to find. There were periodic patches of snow in lower elevations but the snowy regions started getting deeper/more consistent around 4800 feet. We were aiming to get to Jorn Lake to camp and finish the loop the next day, but ended up turning around at about 7 miles. We kept losing the trail under the snow/fallen trees/debris and weren't entirely comfortable with the snow crossings that would lay ahead after Jorn Lake. We camped at a small lake about a half mile back and had a great site with awesome views of Jefferson. We didn't see any tracks or signs of anyone else beyond the Marion Lake day use area on either of the days we were there-awesome solitude! Overall probably a little early in the season for the loop, it's getting close though, and the downed-tree situation is a challenge. Great views though and nice variety of scenery. I'm sure it'll be better later in the season!

hiking
muddy
rocky
21 days ago

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