Marion Lake Trail

MODERATE 50 reviews
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Marion Lake Trail is a 4.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Cascadia, Oregon that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
882 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

bugs

rocky

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike, the trail was pretty clear of snow until Lake Ann, beyond that it was very snowy. It was challenging to follow the trail at points but thankfully someone had hiked before us and left footprints to follow. Marion Lake was incredibly beautiful in the snow.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful hike! Perfect time of year for some autumn color and hints of winter!

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful fall colors around the lake and just a touch of snow up there but easily passable. Gorgeous!

backpacking
8 months ago

Nice hike through well maintained old growth forest trail. Marion lake is a beautiful body of water with many trails branching off to different destinations. A great day hike or starting point for a multi-day.

camping
8 months ago

Nice short hike for backpacking/camping mild elevation gain/loss. Lake Marion is amazing and good views of 3fingerJ. Not too crowded for a Friday in summer. Kinda disappointed in people's inability to bury or take out their TP:(

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful hike, we went mostly to take the side trail right after Ann Lake to see the gorgeous waterfall. You have to do a little scrambling down to get a good view of both the lower and top part of the falls together. My only complaint is I was constantly being bitten by mosquitoes. My fault for not spraying myself but I did acquire over 30 big bites on my arms and legs.

camping
9 months ago

Very nice hike/campout to a "secluded-yet-relatively-close-to-civilization area." My wife and I came in contact with three other people (a family) over the course of 20-ish hours spent in the area which considering the gorgeous views and over tranquility of the locale is astounding. We'd recommend this hike/camp to anyone with moderate hiking stamina as in several areas, the trail becomes more of a cut-in-the-earth with relatively moderate elevation changes. Also, don't be alarmed if the local wildlife does a once-around your makeshift campsite in the wee-hours of the morning haha. Happy Trails!

hiking
9 months ago

Easy drive from Redmond. Clearly marked trail and very shady. A steady climb but not hard; plan on bringing our 6 yr old grandson next year. The Marion Falls are more like rapids. Technically falls, I guess but no serious drop. Both Ann Lake and Marion Lake were very serene and pretty. We'd recommend it .

9 months ago

This is a beautiful trail. The first 1.5 miles is through old-growth forest, where towering pines and red cedar trees provide a lot of shade. Even on a hot day, we stayed relatively cool.

We used the book 'Bend Overall' to find this hike. Just a note, the first lake you encounter is Anne Lake. It wasn't terribly clear from the text. You continue on the trail for another ~20 minutes before you reach Marion Lake.

We also took the detour to see Marion Lake Falls, which is highly recommended. You can scramble down to the water's edge of the first 'landing', and go further down about half the distance of the final landing. It is gorgeous. We were the only ones there on a busy holiday weekend.

hiking
9 months ago

great partial loop trail, easy. 2 lakes and waterfalls which is difficult to get to the bottom.

backpacking
9 months ago

Wondering if anyone else plans to backpack around here this weekend? Are the only "sites" along the lake? I was thinking of setting up a camp along Blue Lake Trail, as it moves left after the Pine Ridge trail split.

backpacking
9 months ago

Trail is easy to follow and very well marked. There is more than four very established campsites. Also the views of the lake and Three Finger Jack are beautiful.

10 months ago

Nice views of Three Finger Jack, easily hike to the lake.

10 months ago

Beautiful day for a hike, and the scenery was spectacular!

hiking
11 months ago

Went up today. Trees down on trail but easy to get over. About a foot of water running out of Lake Ann and down the trail but can cross the rocks. Deep snow most all the way from Ann to Marion Lake. Was nice and not many people up there.

hiking
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Awesome hike! Last 0.7 miles of the access road is paved, but not a problem.

hiking
Monday, August 01, 2016

This trail was really fun and we enjoyed the waterfalls and a quick swim in the lake!

hiking
Saturday, July 23, 2016

The trail to Marion Lake was really fun for our family (3 kids ages 11,8,6). The best part were the side trails though. Marion and Gooch Falls was spectacular! We found directions from the book, Bend Overall (p.156). For Marion Falls: When you reach the junction on the hike you go right at the "outlet trail" for 213 steps, there on the right you will find a trail that you will stay on for about 5 min, then another 3 min scramble to see the falls. Gooch Falls: located down the road from the trailhead about a mile - you will see a green gate (FS 850), park and walk. You walk this trail for about 10 min to see the falls. TOTALLY worth it! The scramble to both falls is a bit difficult so make sure you're up for it...but my kids did it just fine. I posted pics of both falls.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The map shows two trail portions. The first portion is part of Marion Lake Trail #3436 which goes to the junction with Lake of the Woods Trail #3493 and Minto Pass Trail #3437. Marion Outlet Trail #3495 is the loop portion which intersects with Blue Lake Trail #3422. Marion Lake is the largest lake in My. Jefferson Wilderness Area.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Trail was nice and clear all the way to the lake. Attempted to make it to blue lake but ran into significant snow at 5000 feet.

hiking
Monday, September 28, 2015

Just hiked up to the picturesque Marion Lake yesterday for my first visit. As others have mentioned below, it's a beautiful hike, starting in a diverse forest and passing through some talus on up to the lakes. Made a side trip to the falls, but didn't photograph them as the sun would've been directly on the lens. Will definitely make a trip back up for that.

hiking
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The area had just re-opened after a nearby fire, so there was only one other group on the lake. A rare lack of crowds.

hiking
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

I hiked this trail in late September and it was absolutely gorgeous! The fall leaves were changing colors and the weather was warm and perfect. It was quiet and serene, with a nice view of Three Fingered Jack. This is an easy hike and suitable for all ages.

It did happen to be hunting season, which I was unaware of. I was warned by a couple of young hunters on the trail to be careful. I passed the word along and advised other hikers to keep their dogs on a leash.

I’ll definitely go back. This is a perfect hike to see the changing colors of fall.

hiking
Sunday, August 10, 2014

What a beautiful, versatile hike! I went for a day hike and to fly fish. The trail is well-worn but has some rocky stretches that require some maneuvering. Be sure to see the lake from different sides! Three-Finger Jack can be seen from the North side. Both Ann and Marion lakes are quiet and serene. Well-worth the day trip if you're camping at Detroit or worth the weekend camp if you're coming from Salem or Bend. FYI, if you enjoy waterfalls, stop by Gooch Falls (see link). It's just past the gate on the right that's a quarter mile before the trailhead. Walk a couple hundred feet past the gate and you'll see a clearing on your right. You'll hear the falls and know where to go from there. Happy hiking!

Take note: the mosquitos are the size of small birds.

hiking
Saturday, February 01, 2014

Just had to write another review - what an awesome hike this is!!! Never disappoints!! Last time I had my boys with me. This time I had them, my wife, her son, and our little girl. We drove up to Detroit Campground the day before for a two-night stay. Had a enjoyable hike, a great time cooling off and having a snack at Marion Lake while drinking in the incredible scenery. Might have to bring fishing poles next year, and like Dog Mountain Trail in the gorge may have to become an annual hike.

hiking
Sunday, June 02, 2013

Great hike today. Easy gravel road to the trail head. Would recommend bringing some bug spray. Great views of the Ann Lake and Marion Lake.

hiking
Sunday, July 01, 2012

My first time here. It is a hotspot for fishermen. I don't fish so was there to explore. My original plan was to camp at Swallow Lake but it was still snowed in so went back to Lake Marion.

It's a beautiful and easy hike. Unfortunately it is within the 3-mile radius where you see the the signs of disrespect for nature. I packed out a lot of trash people left behind.

There was a huge forest fire in the area and now is under a burn ban, however, there where many campfires blazing. A few unattended.

Beyond all that it is a wonderful place to visit. Lake Ann is worth a stop on the way to Marion.

fishing
Saturday, June 02, 2012

this is one of my most favorite Trout fishing lakes of all time. the lake is most beautiful at sunrise. it is a rather easy trail to hike. with a fresh water spring about half way up the trail. i recomend this this trail and Lake to everone. P.S. help keep it beautiful, take out what you take in, AKA trash

hiking
Thursday, August 04, 2011

What an absolutely gorgeous view from the NW end of Marion Lake - especially of Three-fingered Jack!!!! Had heard and read alot about how beautiful the hike and lake are and they didn't disappoint! The gravel road on the way in is a little potholed in spots, but I figure if my '02 Escort with over 300k miles on it can make it in one piece, then most vehicles can. About 70 miles one way from Salem to trailhead.

hiking
5 months ago

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