Duffy Lake Trail to Red Butte Peak is a 11.9 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.

Length11.9 miElevation gain1,948 ftRoute typeOut & back
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FIRE CLOSURE: From Sep 25, 2020 - May 15, 2021 there are closures in this park or area due to wildfire. For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/mthood/alerts-notices 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.

Bring mosquito repellent, and lots of it.

To get here drive 76 miles east of Salem on Hwy 22 (or 6 miles north of the Santiam "Y,") the turnoff for the trailhead is to the East Big Meadows Road 2267 for about 3 miles and follow a sign to the left when the pavement ends. A turnaround loop is at the end of the road. This is a fee-use area for parking. Free wilderness permits are also required and are available at the trailhead kiosk, and a toilet is available in the parking area.

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Alexei Kojenov
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BackpackingGreat!

Went on a two night backpacking trip mid-week (Sunday-Tuesday) Day one: hiked to Duffy Lake and camped overnight. The lake was great for swimming, and the water was pretty warm. Day two: hiked to Jorn Lake (it's a bit past Red Butte) and stayed there for the second night. There were no people at the lake. The water was colder but still very enjoyable. We left our backpacks and stuff at Jorn and also did the 11-mile loop hike to and around Marion Lake, it was amazing.

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Emma Carlini
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Hiking

Very gradual include throughout the trail. Pretty throughout the hike, but the views up top weren’t much different from the views along the way. Only experienced a few bug bites.

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Greg Valentin
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HikingBugs

A little blowdown after Mowich lake, we easily passed. Ample camping with most on the trail being day hikers. More mosquitoes than sand on the beach. Nice 3 day trip with the 7 and 9 year old and the lake was warm enough for swimming.

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Tanya Young
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Hiking

August 31: This is a terrific area to explore. The hike to Duffy Lake is through lush, green forest. It makes for a great day hike in itself. I have been twice and both times it was fairly quiet-even on a holiday weekend. I met a ranger who asked for my self-issued permit and wanted to know my plans. She was cordial and shared some good info. I appreciate the effort to keep the place clean and fire safe. Anyway, I hiked to Mowich and Alice Lake and found the trail up Red Butte. If you use the interactive map, it will point you in the right direction. The trail up the butte is discernible but has some downed trees. It is a relatively easy climb with big payoffs in views. Jefferson and Jorn on one side and Jack on the other. Jorn from above is stunning. Plus, you can see so many lakes and other peaks. Don’t miss the butte climb and plan on close to 13 miles round trip if you include it. Biggest surprise, how much of this hike is through thriving forest. Yes, you travel through some burn area, but not for miles on end without relief. No mosquitoes.

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Samuel Smith
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BackpackingBugs

JULY 4th - Steady uphill trail, not very difficult. No snow on he trail. Red butte trail is not very well marked, we bushwhacked at the corner of Alice lake until we found the trail. We added some stone markers, if they are still up they should lead you through the tricky spots where the trail vanishes. SKEETERS get worse the further in from Duffy you get. Bring LOTS of deet. Also we encountered two rangers over two days. If your at Duffy you will get a fine if you camp at an undeveloped spot. Other lakes you can camp anywhere as long as you are 100ft away from the water (or 37 normal sized steps according to a ranger). Camped at Mowich at the first trail/established campsite. if you take the first trail left at the "no fires within 100 feet of lake" sign and hang a right on the shore there is an awesome fine stone beach (basically large grain coarse sand). The water is a about 3 feet deep for at least 50ft out. NOTE: come to this beach at night when the moon sets. Bring a towel or something to lie down on if you can. we could see dang near every star and saw the outline of the milky way. I got an app that let us know what time the moon set for optimal viewing. so amazing! If you hang a right from the fire sign, away from the lake, there is a great poop spot up the hill on a cliff about 100 yards up the hill. They want it buried at least 6" down which is dang near impossible with the soil type and dense root system (you'll see what I'm talking about). If you hang a left from the beach you can cross some logs over the stream. We saw a few people bushwhack through at this point, so I assume there are many off trail sites on the western and northern parts of the lake. Spots can be a little competitive. A couple hiking behind us raced to get to Mowich first when they found out we intended to camp there. Day hiked on our second day to red butte, and then up to Jorn. At the top of red butte there is full cell service (i have shitty sprint) on the southern side where you have line of sight to hoodoo, the three sisters (and diamond peak i think?). On the northern side you can see Jefferson and more of the 2003 B&B fire area. Not sure if it is allowed, but someone has flattened out a 5x5 area where it looks like they stayed at least a night. Looks amazing but the trek to get water would get very old. The water at Alice looked a little stagnant, wouldn't recommend filling up here unless you really need to. (its about the size of a basketball court) Tried to eat lunch at Jorn but the bugs were unbearable. Ran into some friends on the way there that had camped at Jorn and left because of the bugs. Amazing views of Jefferson from Jorn. Worth seeing but not staying. Note to dog owners, there is tree sap everywhere n the ground. My god has many sap mats from lying down on the ground. Bring a light weight pad for your dog if you have one :) Used a sawyer filter for the water at Jorn and Mowich no issues. Brought a bear canister but didn't need it. You could get away with a hang if you camp in the unburned areas. There are fish in the lake. Got very cold at dusk and colder at night, was thankful for my puffy jacket. Our hike in on the 4th of July (Thursday) we didn't see many people. the 5th more people started to roll in and past our spot. Our hike out on the 6th we passed at least 20 people. NW forest pass required, no day passes available at the trail head. There is a ranger station at Detroit lake where you can buy annual passes ($30). Pit toilet at the trail head also. Road from the santiam hwy is paved, but the last quarter mile is horrible, we made it going very slow in a Prius. 4/5 due to the bugs, burn and amount of people later on. Really worthy of 4.5 though. I will be back here someday!

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Tom Brauner
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Hiking

Road is open to the trailhead. Expect some snow on the trail.

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William Stoltz
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Backpacking

great trail for families to go together. young children not so much, junior high and up. some pretty steep places. the stars were incredibly bright. was not many campers at Santiam lake. quiet.

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Bryce Morgan
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Backpacking

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.

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Shawn Sloan
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Backpacking

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.

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Anita Van Asperdt
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Backpacking

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.

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Michael Lopez
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Backpacking

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.

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Jen Levi
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Backpacking

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

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Noelle M
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Hiking

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.

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Alex Bancroft
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Hiking

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.

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Janine N
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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.

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Cassandra Reger
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Backpacking

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. :)

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Scott Purvis
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Hiking

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

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Nickolai ST Rutledge
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Camping

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.

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Bryan Townsend
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Hiking

A nice trail that crosses the North Santiam River not far below it's source. It's only around 7 miles round trip from the Big Meadows trailhead per the All trails Topo Map! That seems accurate to me. Also per the All Trails Topo it's only around 1,100' of elevation gain. Mowich Lake is another 3/4 of a mile beyond Duffy, with Jorn Lake perhaps another mile or two beyond that. Duffy Butte is a fairly easy climb and affords great views of both Duffy and Mowich plus 3FJ and Jefferson.

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Christina Untiet
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Camping

Great hike, beautiful views! Can't wait to go again.

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Michael Galante
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Hiking

This a wonderful hike. I hiked it several times and it's always rewarding especially when you come to rest by the shores of Duffy lake on a sunny day. A Truly spectacular place.

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Beth McKoy
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Hiking

Forgot to mention this hike is not near Cascadia, it is 25 miles east of Detriot and 32 miles west of Sisters... :)

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Dan Algeo
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Hiking

I really enjoyed this trail. but bring bug spray and watch for horse dung. easy to follow, you do have to cross a stream. there are a couple of down trees to help you cross.

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Jillian Sz
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Nice trail. Came in off of the Maxwell area and connected to Eight Lakes Basin. Saw (and heard) cow elk, bear and cougar prints, black tail does. Watched a snake devour a salamander. Camped at Twin Lakes over Duffy: If you're on foot be prepared to share with the equine kind and inspect the lakeshore waters for use as an equine toilet before you swim. Other than that, very scenic and quiet.

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Kelsie McPherson
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Marcel Marchon
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Heidi Dodge
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David Neese
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Rachel Barnett
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Kim Robb
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