Explore the most popular lake 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.

Hiked this trail on 8/19/2018. There were lots of campers at Big Lake, but the noise disappeared after a short while. We went counter-clockwise-- after the trailhead there's a fork in the trail where you can go left or straight. Very pleasant hike, especially through the more forested sections where you get nice cover from the trees and more green things to look at. The distance is significant, with some elevation change, and we were definitely worn out by the end. The dog has been sleeping most of the day to recover! Took us about three hours. Mosquitoes weren't bad at this time of year. One of the lakes (about 4 miles in if you go counter-clockwise) would be great for taking a dip. Doggie loved splashing around. The end of the hike along Big Lake was a nice payoff during sunset. Beautiful views and lots of wildflowers.

great trail for families to go together. young children not so much, junior high and up. some pretty steep places. the stars were incredibly bright. was not many campers at Santiam lake. quiet.

backpacking
2 days ago

Great backpacking spot

on Marion Lake Trail

hiking
6 days ago

A must do hike! I loved it!

hiking
12 days ago

Great hike. Sand is too hot for dog paws this time of year though.

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
21 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
25 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.

hiking
27 days ago

Lovely hike, was a bit steeper than I expected. Heads up for dogs: the trail is sand so it gets very hot during the day.

29 days ago

A great overnight backpacking trip with incredible views of Three fingered jack from the west side of Duffy lake, as well as major payoff when summiting Red Butte - views of three fingered jack, Three sisters, and Mt. Jefferson. Plenty of site to set up camp at Duffy and Mowich, but Duffy is quite popular so get there early or go over to Mowich which will have less people set up. The entire lake basin is incredible! One ask to all folks spending time up there: respect fire bans and all LNT principles!

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

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

Great easy hike!

1 month ago

This was a great little hike! The lake was beautiful and serene.

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. :)

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.

on Square Lake

backpacking
2 months ago

Great 2-night trip to the lake (Mon-Wed). Plenty of mosquitoes. Saw fish jumping and got one bite but no success. During our 40 hours saw just two people hike past from Round Lake. No snow in sight except up far past Booth Lake on the hill in front of Three Fingered Jack to the North. Hiked around the lake clockwise. There's a trail of sorts from where the maintained trail to Round lake departs all the way to the peninsula on the East side but not beyond. The 2003 burn left tons of standing, dead, bleached white, barkless trees, making it easier to see but strangely eery

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.

hiking
2 months ago

Dont listen to Jordan Rice. He dosent know what he talking about.

hiking
2 months ago

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

backpacking
2 months ago

Great lil hike for all ages. multiple established campsites with fire rings. great in snow early January and in the heat of july-august

hiking
3 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
3 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!!!

hiking
3 months ago

My daughter Jennifer and I were looking for an early-May overnight destination in the Oregon Cascades. The access road to the trailhead had several snow patches requiring decent clearance. This was our first trip into this area. We were thankful for our GPS to regain the trail after long stretches of snow. For the record, May 4 is a little early for this hike even in a low snow year. After watching the dog venture out onto the lake's thin ice cover, we decided to return to the trailhead and camp at a nearby campground

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.

Short hike and has good fishing for brook trout. Always be on the lookout for black bears.

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
10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

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

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