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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.

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.

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.

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
10 months ago

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

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.

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.

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
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.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Great swimming!!

hiking
Monday, August 17, 2015

This trail is only for experienced hikers who are looking for an off trail, bushwhacking experience. First, the actual trailhead is at Robinson Lake TH, not the random dot down a permanently closed to traffic road. The trail is not maintained, which means the signs are almost non-existent, the trail completely disappears in about 3 or 4 points of the hike, and the downed trees blocking the trail are extensive and seriously slow down your hike. The hike was considerably longer than the posted 7.5 miles one way, between the three of us in our group, we averaged 10.5 miles from Robinson to Fingerboard Prairie. The trail seems a lot steeper than just the 807 ft posted. If you're looking for a downhill hike, start at Fingerboard. We didn't see another living person on the trail, but the few campsites we came across looked like they'd been in use - wouldn't recommend this as a solo hike for a female. (I'm a girl, well accustomed to hiking alone, and this will not be a hike I ever do solo - ladies, hike responsibly on this trail) All the creek beds we came to were totally dry - so bring water. The one lake we walked up to about a 1/4 of the way from the Robinson TH was murky and scummy. That was the first place the trail disappeared, you have to wander out into the lake and walk a couple hundred feet along the lake side to pick the trail back up again. While a beautiful, tree shaded hike, I don't think it's one we'd do again unless the trail was cleared and better signage was placed on the trail.

hiking
Thursday, May 14, 2015

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.

camping
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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

hiking
Sunday, October 26, 2014

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.

hiking
Friday, September 05, 2014

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

Friday, September 05, 2014

Beautiful hike! It's only 3.5 miles to Duffy Lake (7 miles round trip). There were no mosquitoes and the North Santiam River was dry so no water crossings. We went as far as Little Alice Lake and hoped to go up Red Butte for the view but the cross-country trail my guide mentioned was not "obvious". So turned around just past LAL (12 miles round trip).

hiking
Saturday, June 07, 2014

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.

hiking
Sunday, June 01, 2014

it was a little early for this trail. there some blow down and still some snow...nothing UNpassible. but got some nice views of jefferson

camping
Monday, August 02, 2010

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.

backpacking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

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