Marion Lake Trail

MODERATE 4 reviews
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Marion Lake Trail is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Essex, Montana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,057 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

cross country skiing

fishing

hiking

nature trips

skiing

snowshoeing

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

6 months ago

We went a few days ago and we found it to be an enjoyable hike. Decent cardio workout. We didn’t see anyone the entire time which made us nervous about bears but we didn’t see any bear sign at all. Parts of trail were a little muddy and once we were close to the lake we were on deep packed snow. The lake was mostly frozen still. It was all uphill but not super steep. Our small dog made it no problem. The only animals we saw were chipmunks and a huge garter snake. The lake/views were pretty. There are absolutely no signs to help you find the trailhead. If you go over the bridge you’ve gone too far; the trail head is up on the right side of the road just before the bridge.

hiking
Monday, August 14, 2017

Good hike up above the Izaak Walton Lodge (drive up the road behind the lodge to the trailhead to start). We saw only one other family up at the lake all day. The walk was aggressively steep at times, and very overgrown (mainly thimble berry bushes, but watch out for the occasional devil's club bush) in many areas. It was significantly harder than any other "moderate" rated trail we have done.
If you start early on a dewey morning, you might be in for a wet walk.
Lake is a picturesque spot for relaxing, or taking a swim (water was cool, but quite swimmable). Lots of small trout rising to take emergers off the surface.

Friday, July 07, 2017

We found the trail to be moderate but there are no signs for it. If you park at the Izaak Walton Lodge (which looks pretty cool). You have to take the metal bridge over the tracks. Not dog friendly especially in the summertime (that metal is very hot). We asked a lodge employee where to find the trail. I think he mistakenly told us to go the wrong way. You can park closer to the trail if you take the next road to the west that says Dickey Creek. Follow that road around to the left and you avoid the Izaak Walton Inn.

hiking
Monday, August 31, 2015

One of my favorite hikes for fishing. Very steep but short trail i would rate as difficult. Can be accessed in winter via snowshoes, skis, or snow mobiles offering outstanding ice fishing for large trout.