Explore the most popular dog friendly 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.

First, there's no parking/usage fees but there is limited parking near the gate (right after a large brown/green house on the left and a scenic byway sign on the right), otherwise you'll have to park off the highway. Id say near the gate it'll probably fit 6-7 cars.
Second, this is great for dogs but probably not smaller or older dogs as there are some downed logs and large rocks you have to get over.
Third, there's some streams but easily maneuvered around. I imagine in spring they are not passable without walking through them.
Fourth, there are quite a few spots with growth hanging over the path, no biggie for most, but some may want to wear long sleeves/pants. Some growth is salmon(?)berry bushes with small thorns.
All in all, the hike was awesome! Some spots where you need to hoof it but the end is worth it. The falls near the House Rock are beautiful. Got there at 8 and saw no one else until we were almost back at the beginning.

Good climb. Clocked 2100 ft. Trail is clear but a little overgrown in parts. Every shade of green, light on wildflowers but you will see some. View at the top is pretty. There are more impressive views in the West Cascades, but having seen many, this was a great trail to explore.

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

11 days 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.

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17 days ago

I hiked this trail on 6/30/18. I highly recommend this hike, the scenery is incredible.

If you don't hike as much as you'd like, this trail may be closer to hard than moderate; however, it is a relatively short hike. The biting flies were out, so bring bug spray.

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18 days 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 & 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. :)

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!

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1 month ago

Oh boy I thought this was a moderate hike LOL as a beginning hiker It took about two hours to get to the top. It keep inclining. Great hike I was just glad I made it to the top.

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1 month 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.

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1 month ago

We were the only ones out on this little-traveled trail today! While it is quite steep in places, it is not very long. It has a beautiful forest, gorgeous wildflowers, and amazing panoramas from the top.

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1 month ago

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

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1 month 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

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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!

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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!!!

2 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.

Simple and well marked trail thru old growth. awesome destination at house rock. only one creek area that is potentially difficult to traverse depending on the water flow

Trail was not groomed very well. Not many views until you get to the very top. Even the top wasn’t the best view. Trees blocked part of it.

Nice trail but can't do it all this time of year (March) without waterproof boots (or a willingness to finish the hike with wet feet). About 1.2 miles in there is a 20 foot wide creek flowing into the Santiam that cannot be crossed without getting into the water. During the summer months this is likely a small stream that is easily crossed but not this time of year. You will also find a small stream earlier in the hike. We were able to find a log just a bit upstream to cross this one or our hike would have ended there. We are looking forward to finishing this one come summer.

on Marion Lake Trail

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8 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.

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8 months ago

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

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9 months ago

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

Gorgeous hike. This time of year it was a bit muddy and snow covered in some areas with some small trees down. All in all well worth the views and the waterfall by House rock is spectacular.

Fun hike with my son

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10 months ago

The trail is a little bit overgrown. I found the view at the top lacking, but the rock pinnacle was nice to see. I would have enjoyed the trail more if it went further up the mountain ridge.

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10 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!

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11 months ago

Dog friendly trail! Very steep, especially for the last mile, but 110% worth it Beautiful views from the top.

backpacking
11 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
11 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:(

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