Marion Lake Trail

MODERATE 3 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
3116 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

skiing

snowshoeing

walking

cross country skiing

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

hiking
2 days ago

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.

1 month ago

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.