Marion Lake Trail

MODERATE 58 reviews
#15 of 119 trails in

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
4 days ago

Great afternoon hike. Went mid day and passed many people obviously leaving from overnight backpacking trips. The lake is wonderful and would recommend.

hiking
14 days ago

Lots of garbage and people. I would go elsewhere this spot is no longer worth the drive. ugh.

hiking
29 days ago

Hiked the loop to the falls and then up to the lake.
Bring poles- the scramble to the bottom of the falls is slick and muddy.
Regular trail running shoes are fine.

Spectacular hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Great place for more people to come out to the Oregon wilderness and leave their shit and trash and toilet paper laying around the campsites. Half of these sites need rehabilitation because people don't know how to camp without ruining stuff. It won't be long before a permit is required to hike in to Marion specifically, just like Jefferson Park which has been ruined because idiots put it in books and online blogs saying come visit. That's what ruins it. Yes so let's spread the word online and in all the books what a great place Marion Lake is and then the city folks in Portland and Bend who need spoon fed to come backpacking can come out and ruin the place. Great idea!!!

1 month ago

Hiked this every year growing up, it’s a beautiful hike and a gorgeous place to camp. Lots of wildlife, especially deer and birds. Lake is leech free and is very refreshing. Also has access to tons of trails and day hikes, such as 3 fingered jack. Only downside is you can’t have a fire, which if you’re going in the summer isn’t a huge deal. Highly recommend, especially with families.

hiking
7 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
7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

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

backpacking
10 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
10 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
11 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
11 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
11 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 .

11 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
11 months ago

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

backpacking
11 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
11 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.

11 months ago

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

Monday, May 29, 2017

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

hiking
Sunday, May 07, 2017

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.

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