Duffy Lake Trail to Red Butte Peak

MODERATE 29 reviews
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Duffy Lake Trail to Red Butte Peak is a 11.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cascadia, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
11.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2408 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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Hike in to Duffy one of Oregon's great swimming lakes at the base of Three Fingered Jack with a side trip to Red Butte Peak. Duffy Lake & Red Butte peak are located near Marion Forks, Oregon. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a full day. The trail up to Duffy Lake is fairly easy, with one stream crossing. The view at Duffy Lake is amazing and the water is a bit cold but great to swim in. Just before the trails scramble up to Red Butte you will come across little Alice Lake. A good place to water up before heading up.

backpacking
2 months ago

Hiked in from Marion Lake trailhead. Spent first night at Jorn Lake, very beautiful views of Mt. Jefferson through the burn area around the Blue Lake and Jorn Lake area climbing up the Blue Lake Trail from Marion Lake. Rhododendrons and Columbine were beautiful along with many other wild flowers. Hiked from Jorn past Mowich and Red Butte to spend night 2 at Duffy Lake. Caught a couple of Rainbow Trout and had nice views of Duffy Butte and Three Fingered Jack from the Lake. Hiked out to Duffy Lake trailhead. Beautiful 3 day, point to point trip out of the trail systems up in the Jefferson Wilderness. Once past Marion Lake a couple of miles the trail travels through a large burn area and then climbs a steep ridge to about 5,400' if I remember correctly. Both these sections had many downed trees and was in complete exposure to the sun making it the most difficult section. Make sure you carry enough water from Marion Lake area to reach Blue Lake or Jorn Lake. Also be bear aware! Listened to a Black Bear cub calling out to momma for a couple of hours before pre-dawn from the opposite side of Jorn Lake. Very fun to listen to, momma did call back from over the ridge at another little lake. Skeeters were pretty nasty throughout the whole area around 9am-noon and around sunset. Once the temp dropped they were gone so nights and mornings were very pleasant and not much bother while hiking during the day. Deer in and around our camp sites at both Jorn and Duffy Lake, they did not care one bit we were there.

backpacking
2 months ago

amazing lakes, the worst park rangers. got a ticket for having a fire in an established campsite. don't even mind the fine, but the guy was an absolute douchebag high on a massive power Trip. if you encounter them, don't try to be friendly or nice, just tell them you are on your way out and leave.

backpacking
2 months ago

backpacking
3 months ago

We went from Duffy Lake trailhead to Jorn Lake during the 4th of July 2017 weekend. We camped just before Jorn Lake and the next day did a day hike all around to Marion Lake. The mosquitos were pretty bad where we camped especially during sunrise and sunset hours. However, during our day hike we did not have many mosquitos. There were a few larger patches of snow between Mowich Lake and Jorn Lake but they could all be easily traversed or walked around. During our day hike we went clockwise around Marion LakeL trail blue lake trail - Marion Lake trail, Minto Pass trail, and a trail not shown on the all trails map that goes from Minto Pass trail to Jorn Lake. That last trail has many fallen trees over it. Most can be walked around or fairly easily climbed over but it did slow us down to a hiking speed of 1 mile/hour.

backpacking
3 months ago

hike into Duffy Lake and up to Mowich Lake. did not go any further due to the snow.

About two miles up the tree towards Duffy Lake the trail had a river crossing. It was about 25 feet wide and about 18 inches to 24 inches deep. So bring some wading shoes or river sandals until the water dries up.

backpacking
3 months ago

Skeeters!!!! It is beautiful, we went a bit too early in the season.

backpacking
5 months ago

backpacking
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Sunday, August 21, 2016

hiking
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

We hiked the Duffy Lake trail and then did the scramble up Red Butte on 8/13/16. Just so everyone knows, the top of Red Butte is just a giant gravel pile. The trail is very steep and slippery, because gravel. I notice many people complained about the mosquitoes in reviews recently. I didn't notice mosquitoes at any of the lakes, but I did have repellent on and we didn't camp overnight. There are black flies (ouch, they bite), and there were quite a few bees up at the top of Red Butte, but most of them seemed to be around a tree that's sort of in the middle. Wonderful view of Three-Fingered Jack (this must have been the side the person was on when they named it) and a glimpse of the Three Sisters, view of Mt. Jefferson from the trail up to Red Butte, and a nice view of the lakes. It was a lovely 13.5-mile or so round trip hike! Oh, and also, the creek was completely dry, pretty much just a rock crossing.

Monday, August 15, 2016

hiking
Thursday, July 28, 2016

All the reviews with the mosquito warnings are true. The views on Red Butte are worth the high pitch buzzing and bites. There wasn't a sign for Red Butte off of the main trail so finding it was a little interesting. Luckily the landmarks in the area are predominant so finding it wasn't too bad.

Overall this was a great outing. Despite the mosquitos I would make this an annual hike/camping trip, just remember the repellant that works for you.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Easy trail, about 3.5mi to Duffy Lake, about abother mile to Mowich. In the forest the entire hike; shaded, not too many views, but pleasant. Hiking to the top of Red Butte is about another 2miles, worth the hike-views of Jefferson, 3FJ, Sisters, Washington, and Diamond Peak. Great hike, shared with horses so watch out for horse droppings throughout the trail.

backpacking
Sunday, July 24, 2016

My husband, the dog and I hiked into Duffy and Mowich lakes in June. We got to the trailhead late, probably about 5:00PM and still managed to make it to Duffy Lake by dark. We didn't noticed any skeeters the first day, and it froze that night. Waking up at Duffy Lake that morning was beautiful, you get an amazing view of Three Fingered Jack. The trail to Mowich include some forest, and some burn area, it wasn't very difficult but HOLY SKEETERS! It was the first warmer day of the season, I think, and the mosquitos came out in full force. We abandoned the plan to hike to Red Butte and turned around a little ways past Mowich. We'll definitely go back it's a beautiful area, but we'll wait until after skeeter season. :)

hiking
Monday, July 18, 2016

hiking
Sunday, June 12, 2016

MOSQUITOS. That's all I have to say about this freaking place. Never again. Why can't we enter a 0 star?

camping
Thursday, October 01, 2015

Easy stroll to the lake, easier goin back. Tons of skeeters, definitely bring the spray. Did not reach any peaks but the loop around the lake is worth your time. We came across a few spots, decently spread apart from each other, providing quiet locations and personal space. No luck with rooster tails, but fly fishing seemed promising from observation.

hiking
Sunday, September 27, 2015

hiking
Sunday, August 30, 2015