Explore the most popular lake trails in Willamette National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 day ago

The trail was short very, small path, was very hard to find. The road up to it was kinda small and had very large and deep pot holes.

Very nice trail, when you start it will be down hill to the creek below which meets up with Goodman trail. It is shorter so I recommend planning to add Goodman trail also.

Very pretty falls, good viewpoints, and an enjoyable trail in between. Great for anyone looking for an easily accessible moderate trail.

it's been a few years since I have done a first half all incline hike. It was a challenge but that's because of the time I have spent away from the trails. right when I was ready to give up, I heard the group of people in front of me cheer with Glee. a few minutes later I joined the others at the ending reward and it was worth it. this trail would be considered moderate in my previous hiking all the time self. enjoy!

Overgrown in some areas with fallen logs can get around a good trail running trail for conditioning. The waterfalls are best viewed in the spring/early summer with the snow melt.
There are little blue diamonds throughout the trail that help guide you through the trails/overgrowth. When in doubt look for the blue diamonds.

Salt Creek falls was incredible. It’s accessible from the parking lot and a quick walk on a cement path. Diamond falls is a couples miles in, and there are two viewing points. Depending on which fork you take on the loop (I recommend going left first) you’ll get to see diamond falls from the upper view first. The second viewing point is the lower point. Part of this trail is washed out, I didn’t feel comfortable proceeding to this view point. From what we were told, the view is about the same as the upper point which is completely accessible, and just a view of the falls from a different angle. Don’t feel bad if you can’t make it, part of it is pretty sketchy. Go at your own risk.

Side note: there is a trail that will proceed off to Vivian lake, which is what I believe the primary hiker did on the main recording. A couple of miles in you reach a crossing that gets pretty deep. If you don’t mind getting your shoes soaked, or want to brave the cold water bear foot, then take this trail. Even if you don’t make it to the lake, it’s still pretty awesome to see because there’s some snow left in this area.

Overall, this trail was completely worth the drive wherever you’re coming from!

Great workout even though my group took it slow. The view point was worth it.

hiking
6 days ago

As of 5/17/18 trail is flooded in spots and has quite a bit of snow.

hiking
6 days ago

Hiked the loop to the falls and then up to the lake.
Bring poles- the scramble to the bottom of the falls is slick and muddy.
Regular trail running shoes are fine.

Spectacular hike!

hiking
7 days ago

Great place for more people to come out to the Oregon wilderness and leave their shit and trash and toilet paper laying around the campsites. Half of these sites need rehabilitation because people don't know how to camp without ruining stuff. It won't be long before a permit is required to hike in to Marion specifically, just like Jefferson Park which has been ruined because idiots put it in books and online blogs saying come visit. That's what ruins it. Yes so let's spread the word online and in all the books what a great place Marion Lake is and then the city folks in Portland and Bend who need spoon fed to come backpacking can come out and ruin the place. Great idea!!!

Beautiful! Small parking lot. Straight incline for the whole way up, but not too steep.

What a great hike ,,thanks to Nicole and kujo..I had a great trip with them ,,beautiful Oregon, ,

hiking
11 days ago

My daughter Jennifer and I were looking for an early-May overnight destination in the Oregon Cascades. The access road to the trailhead had several snow patches requiring decent clearance. This was our first trip into this area. We were thankful for our GPS to regain the trail after long stretches of snow. For the record, May 4 is a little early for this hike even in a low snow year. After watching the dog venture out onto the lake's thin ice cover, we decided to return to the trailhead and camp at a nearby campground

hiking
12 days ago

We the company of 9 tried to make it today to the lake. Honestly tried but had to bail because the higher the more the trail was covered with snow and thus hard to find. We reached Fall Creek Falls and took pictures, will probably give it another try in summer.

Breathe taking. A must see!

hiking
13 days ago

Good trail. Very family friendly. There is a gradual grade but nothing too crazy. Snow still dots the ground past the lake. Official camp sites seemed crowded.

Hiked on 4/26.
Gate still locked about .7 miles from parking lot. Snow on about 1/4 if the trail, so make sure you have waterproof boots. Blazes are easily visible when you can’t see the trail.
Both falls are in full volume so if you enjoy solitude, don’t mind a bit of snow, now is the time to hike.

18 days ago

Hiked this every year growing up, it’s a beautiful hike and a gorgeous place to camp. Lots of wildlife, especially deer and birds. Lake is leech free and is very refreshing. Also has access to tons of trails and day hikes, such as 3 fingered jack. Only downside is you can’t have a fire, which if you’re going in the summer isn’t a huge deal. Highly recommend, especially with families.

Love this hike will come back again soon steady elevation

hiking
28 days ago

For those who want to do both routes up Maiden Peak, one can drive on Highway 58 to the PCT TH on the north side just past MP62. Here, one can do a loop from Willamette Pass through the Rosary Lakes, the trail to Maiden Lake and up Maiden Peak from the south, where the views are as described--spectacular. One then descends west to the PCT and take it back to the trail near the Skyline junction, not too far from the junction of the trail to Maiden Lake. NOTE: there is significant climbing (700') on the PCT heading south, which after the rapid descent from Maiden Peak, after a lot of hiking, is difficult. One may finish by going back out the Rosary Lakes, but it's possible to hike up to Tait's Loop and then hike it (I am in charge of the diamonds on that for winter use) to the Tie Trail back down to the PCT. When I hiked it on 30 Sep 17, I went over to the ski area, right near Tait's Trail, and hiked down to the bottom and back to Willamette Pass. That was 18.8 miles. It is a beautiful hike with four lakes, a mountain peak, the PCT, overlook over Lower Rosary, nice woods, a nice shelter along the PCT about 1.3 miles south of where the Maiden Peak trail joins it, and even a ski area.

one of my favorites

Great hike! All the snow has melted and the view at the top is amazing!

backpacking
1 month ago

went 4/22, still a decent amount of snow on the trail. Gaiters needed, but no snow shoes to reach the lake. some clearing to set up a tent on the shore.

hiking
1 month ago

what a great hike. Today (3/31/18) was cloudy but perfect. The trail is quite narrow but not over grown, with the exception of a couple of downed trees. There is pretty consistent elevation gain, especially at the top. we hit some snow and mud, I would recommend good hiking boots and a camera because the view is amazing!

hiking
1 month ago

Was a decent hike. Be careful driving in, LOTS of deep pot holes. Extremely muddy right now. You’ll approach a small structure you can dry off in or build a fire, pretty cool. Steadily steep hike all the way through. Getting closer to the summit is very steep for sure. Views at the end are breath taking! Just wish the rest of the hike could have been as amazing. No complaints though, I would LOVE to see this place in the summer.

Short hike and has good fishing for brook trout. Always be on the lookout for black bears.

Was an amazing hike. Waterfalls, clear lake, and blue pool all in a day! What more can you ask for. All in all not very hard, but pretty long. Would recommend.

Couldn't access the trailhead - Hwy 242 is closed about 6 miles up (from its beginning point off Hwy 126. Likely due to snow. This was 4-7-18.

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous views from the top. Minimal snow to cross near the end of the trail. Easy road to get to the trailhead.

This is a really beautiful area with a very easy hike in. We camped for only one night in October, but it was really magical as we had Duffy Lake entirely to ourselves.

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