Explore the most popular camping trails near Cascadia with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Marion Lake Trail

hiking
12 hours ago

A must do hike! I loved it!

What a spectacular hike! The trail begins with a pretty steady incline for the first 2 miles, but it's worth it and doable. Very few mosquitoes. Really only saw them on the first half mile or so and then never thought about them again. Still a few wild flowers left up in the higher country. Make sure to find the side trail to see Marion falls. It's spectacular! I would definitely recommend this hike! Absolutely stunning views and gorgeous waterfalls.

on Marion Lake Trail

hiking
15 days ago

Lovely hike. A bit of a climb, and the berry branches got pretty close in a spot or two, but the trail was not steep, too wet, rocky, or washed out. On the way up in the morning, there were few people but a lot of mosquitoes, especially below Lake Ann. At Marion Lake, saw a lot of burned out areas, which were turning green. On the way down in the early afternoon heat the mosquitoes were gone but there were a lot of people and dogs coming up the trail. Parking was still ok though. The trailhead has a pit toilet.

hiking
19 days ago

camped at Big Lake to enjoy swimming and soon discovered Patjen trail head.

depending on which direction of loop you take you will do part of the hike through a old forest burn. great to see all the new plant life already flourishing.

Pleasantly surprised to see some of the Cascade mountains at one point, and came across three small lakes. mosquito repellent was definitely necessary.

The kids completely fell in love with this one, their faces on getting to stand under the fall was an amazing memory! add that to the short distance and a nice dip in the river when finished it's completely worth it and so nice. we have done it a few times and each time it's been a little busier than the last. it can be muddy in the spring but a great little hike close to home. If you adventure around the river, you can spot a few more tiny falls.

Great hike today ! Was beautiful throughout the hike. Would recommend highly.

1 month ago

Trail was in great shape as compared to previous years. Wildflowers, butterflies and a viewpoint at 1.5 mi. Only went as far as split with Browder and Heart Lake. Total of 6.6 mi. Not too overgrown in meadows and a shorter route to Browder Summit or Heart Lake than if you take Browder Ridge Trail. Only tricky part is locating trailhead as roadside sign is missing. Follow directions and look for area on road allowing for parking and signpost without the sign. You’ll hear the creek where you enter the woods and come to the trailhead sign a few feet in.

My friend has contacts with the forest service and they’ve started working on clearing the fallen trees from the trail. I missed going counter clockwise as that is the better option than going clockwise. On the trail aways you can go straight or turn left. Go straight. Very few people on the trail if you go early morning. Not much parking/access to Big Lake which was a bummer.

hiking
1 month ago

We backpacked up to Marion Lake for the weekend. Great little hike, not too challenging and trail is fairly maintained aside from some overgrown vegetation just before Lake Ann. Pack some bug spray, the skeeters can be annoying spring/early summer. Lots of wildlife, ducks, various critters and birds. We even had several deer walk through our campsite too, it was great!

Pro-top: If you enjoy fishing, pack your raft or floating waders. Excellent trolling up at Marion Lake. :)

Beautiful little woodland trail , easy lots of ferns, moss and old grown. Falls are minimal size.

Hiked this trail on Saturday 5/16/18. Interesting contrasts: the first and last 1/3 of the trail showcase the forest recovery from the 2011 fire. The middle 1/3 is lush and beautiful and feels very peaceful and secluded. The last portion goes along Big Lake for a while. Apparently the mosquitos hatched 5 days before we got there, so that was pretty intense anytime we were near any of the lakes! Bring spray :) Lots of fallen trees still from winter. Boat and ATV noise when starting and ending the trail. Very nice overall though!

hiking
2 months ago

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

The snow is completely gone. I went on a Thursday afternoon and didn't run into a sole. There is A Lot of trees across the trail though.

Beautiful falls and well worth the hike but be warned this is not an easy trail. Trail is very steep and narrow in places. You have to step aside if you meet anyone on the way. To get to any decent view of the falls you have to climb over a good size rock pile. I gave it a 4 because the falls were so beautiful. If you are older or not in the best of shape plan on many breaks.

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

Did this weekend may 19-20 to Browder Ridge. Hike to heart lake is overgrown so couldn’t find the trail. Awesome view of Jefferson and the sisters. If you continue on Browder Ridge for a few meters and then walk straight up the meadow there’s a good place to pitch a tent and have a fire. Tiny patches of snow but didn’t affect access! Wildflowers are just starting to peak out

hiking
2 months 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
2 months 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!!!

I've completed this a few times now, it's a short hike that is very easy to get to (driving and trailhead wise.) Steady uphill trail all the way to the falls. Still mud in May but that's expected everywhere. My biggest complaint is the bug factor because of the mud areas. For those who might not know/first time, stay to the right whenever it seems to fork off on the way to the falls. I love that the creek runs next to the trail the entire way.

If you decide to venture to the bottom of the falls it is steep and can be slick with mud. My two big dogs had no problem with the entire trail, and loved getting in the water at the falls!

3 months 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.

Great short hike. Would have loved to have the dogs along. It was a little muddy however.

The falls are so beautiful! I was the only human in sight on a Wednesday morning.
Getting close to the falls really makes you feel the energy of the water and reflect on the lessons a river can teach us.

Great short hike. The trail was pretty muddy so have hiking boots or possibly rubber boots.

Very beautiful falls, and so easy to get to! It was very muddy and slippery when we did it, so a walking stick is advisable. You can catch it by campsite #18, or on the left as you approach the big day use area.

on Marion Lake Trail

hiking
9 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
9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

The trailhead is right at the bottom of the hill near the end of the parking area(a lot of people asked when I went).
The trail is pretty much uphill, but has nice flatter areas too to give you a break. Some areas are a bit eroded from water. there are great views!

(I used the gps to track myself on the trail and almost the entire time it said I was going WAY OFF and blazing my own trail even though I was on the only available pathway.. I suggest using a different app for this trail.)
Happy hiking!

backpacking
Thursday, August 03, 2017

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
Sunday, July 30, 2017

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:(

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