Marion Lake
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Marion Lake and Marion Mountain Trails

Length: 6 miles,  round trip to Marion Lake.
Length: 11.2 miles round trip to Marion Mountain
Difficulty: Easy to Marion Lake, Difficult to Marion Mountain
800 feet elevation gain to Marion Lake, 2000 feet to Marion Lake
[WS 24]
FS trail #3436 Marion Lake Trail
FS trail #3435 Marion Mountain Trail
A wilderness permit is required in the summer, and a special permit is required for this trail, effective May 2021. Information

This trail has been among the most heavily used trails in the Mt. Jefferson wilderness. To avoid crowds, try visiting in mid-week. The trail to the lake starts through deep woods, and then climbs to Lake Ann. Past this first lake, the trail splits to form a loop. The left fork goes three tenths of a mile to another fork. Take the right fork to go along the Marion Lake on the loop.
When you reach the Marion Creek outfall from the lake, you can take the loop back to the first trail fork. The loop is about 1.6 miles. Just before you get back to the original fork in the trail, there is a short branch trail away from the lake to the top of Marion Falls.
The trail branch to Marion Mountain branches off at the end of the loop near where Marion Creek comes out of the Lake. The trail crosses Marion Creek on a footbridge and becomes the Blue Lake Trail. There is an unmarked branch at a pond that goes to the right onto the Pine Ridge Trail.
After 0.8 miles, there is a fork where a left turn will put you on the marked Marion Mountain Trail. The trail climbs up the mountain to an old lookout site with views of Three Fingered Jack and Mt. Jefferson, as well as back along the trail to Marion Lake.

Trailhead directions: From Detroit, Oregon travel east on Highway 22 for 16 miles to the town of Marion Forks, Oregon. Turn left onto Marion Creek Road (Forest Service Road 2255) and travel 5.5 miles to the trailhead at the end of the road.

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