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Marion Lake Trail to Marion Mountain

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Willamette National Forest

Marion Lake Trail to Marion Mountain is a 9.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sisters, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until September.

Distance: 9.5 miles Elevation Gain: 2,086 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Note: $5 for parking

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11 days ago

This was a great hike for backpacking to the lake, dropping packs, and then hiking up the mountain. The rangers have cleared most of the downed logs so there are now very few to climb over. From the campsites, we had a great view of broken top. It was fairly buggy so wear layers or lots of deet. Our car and at least one other was broken into at the trailhead, so be cautious and do not leave valuables in your car.

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14 days ago

It’s a good solid hike where you get a little bit of everything. There’s 3 miles of gravel road leading up to the trailhead but most of it is in decent shape, had to wait almost 30 mins for a logging truck that was blocking the road so be mindful that it could happen to you too. Most of the blowdowns are within the first mile but there’s a bit of overgrowth once you get past the lake. Past the lake you also start hitting some of the badly burned areas so there’s a diminished amount of shade. Good news is you get a better than average view on the way up to the mountain. I’ve always known this area to be fairy buggy so when I come back It’ll be at the end of the season on a cooler day with less bugs. If you want to get to Marion Peak which is slightly higher and more in the direction of three fingered jack it looks like you’d keep going on pine ridge trail instead of turning off to Marion mountain trail. Either way the view up top was worth it.

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1 month ago

I would rate this more moderate than hard, but definitely one of the best hikes I've been on in a while. First mile was pretty rough with the downed trees. The next 3 miles were spectacular, featuring the lake, a bridge, and great views of the mountains and water. Would be good for trail running until the snow. Even a smaller "hidden" lake near the top. HUGE shout out to the person who went before me, the only way I made it to the top was by following their tracks. I would recommend very good navigational skills and be an experienced hiker before attempting this trail this time of year. The snow patches were substantial last mile and the trail could be easily lost. Caught a couple glimpses of the view before the storm rolled in last 20 minutes - absolutely stunning. Took 2 hours up, 1.5 hours down. No parking fee until Memorial Day according to the trailhead.

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9 months ago

Such a beautiful hike. There are a few different junctions along the way up to expand your hiking options. The trailhead is easy to find. Parking area was pretty full.

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10 months ago

I hiked to the summit on Labor Day so I expected to see a ton of people but it was almost completely empty. I saw a few people by Marion Lake but not a single other hiker going up/coming down the mountain. As a young solo female hiker I was feeling the remoteness and isolation pretty intensely...this was both incredible and a little stressful. That being said, just be prepared to be the only one on the trail for miles. But now about the hike itself: The trail is absolutely beautiful and the views from the last couple of miles are insanely gorgeous. This was the kind of hike where your jaw drops upon reaching the summit. You start out in lush forests with little streams of water, then you reach the lake which is bright and clear. After that, you go over some rocky bits until being shaded again by the forests. Not as lush as the start but still lovely. As you ascend for the last couple of miles, you are in exposed terrain with incredible views of the surrounding mountain ranges. There are tons of wildflowers and interesting grasses/bushes along this part. Then you reach the summit and I promise that you’ll love what you see. Difficulty rating: I would put this between moderate and difficult. I am athletic so this wasn’t too challenging but it was enough so that my legs felt dead by the end of it. I hiked up and down all in one go with no breaks except for 15min at the top to enjoy the view. I would recommend that someone have some degree of athletic ability/hiking experience but you do NOT need to a serious hiker or be in tip top shape to do it. Words of advice: bring sunscreen if you burn easily because the last couple of miles to the summit are fairly exposed. Bring actual hiking boots/shoes. Be prepared to walk through a few bushes and to step over fallen trees...nothing extreme but I was wearing spandex shorts and I got a bit scratched up. I don’t know how common black bears and mountain lions are in this specific area but I just had the *feeling* that they might be there (this is 100% intuition with no rational reason to back it up lol)...but maybe consider bringing bear spray or whatever else you use for animal protection.

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10 months ago

Beautiful early morning day hike. Got on top of Marion Mt. with almost clear skies. Got down to see Marion and Gatch Falls. Very quiet and lazy day on the trail. Only a few bugs, but no spray needed.

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11 months ago

One of my favorite late day hikes to do. Marion Lake, Mountain, and Falls makes for a unique experience, except those darn mosquitos at dusk by Ann Lake. Well worth the bites.

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Sun Jul 07 2019

First time in Mt. Jefferson Wilderness area. Amazingly beautiful wilderness with different trail types. From rocky to overgrown. This set of trails had it all. View atop Marion Mtn is nice and the 2 lakes on the way to the top were worth visiting. After the hike, realized that the mosquitoes were really biting so wear long sleeves or use deet. Only did 11 miles but you can make this hike as long or as short as you like. Blows me away, even now after 4 years of hiking, that such a scenic hike is available only 1.5hours away from Salem and it’s only $5 for parking pass.

Sun Nov 18 2018

Nice, steady and never steep climb. Some downfall but not too bad. Interesting burn area and talus slopes (on occasion). Marion Lake peninsula is stunning. Great views of Jefferson and Jack from summit of Marion Mountain. Loop to see whole area. Amazing place to spend a November sunny day with no crowds.

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Mon Oct 22 2018

Stunning foliage and beautiful views. Elevation gain is steady and moderate. Water and Mountain View’s throughout. One of my faves.

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