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Marion Mountain via Marion Lake

Mt. Jefferson + Metolius River Area, Oregon

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Marion Mountain via Marion Lake

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  • The trail starts off easy.- Marion Mountain via Marion Lake
  • Coral mushroom.- Marion Mountain via Marion Lake
  • The trail to Marion Lake.- Marion Mountain via Marion Lake
  • Lake Ann.- Marion Mountain via Marion Lake
  • Lake Ann.- Marion Mountain via Marion Lake
  • Dragonfly near the lake.- Marion Mountain via Marion Lake
  • Hikers can take either trail to get to Marion Lake, but for the most direct way to the waterfalls and the bridge to get to Marion Mountain, take the Outlet Trail.- Marion Mountain via Marion Lake
  • Marion Falls.- Marion Mountain via Marion Lake
  • Marion Falls.- Marion Mountain via Marion Lake
  • Berries in the summer.- Marion Mountain via Marion Lake
  • Marion Creek flows from Marion Lake, which continues on to create the waterfalls.- Marion Mountain via Marion Lake
  • Marion Lake with Three Fingered Jack, burned trees from the B&B forest fire, and trees that survived the fire.- Marion Mountain via Marion Lake
  • Follow the Blue Lake Trail to continue on to Marion Mountain.- Marion Mountain via Marion Lake
  • Mount Jefferson and Marion Lake.- Marion Mountain via Marion Lake
  • Continue on the Pine Ridge Trail from this point.- Marion Mountain via Marion Lake
  • New growth emerging from the old fire damage. - Marion Mountain via Marion Lake
  • Mount Jefferson.- Marion Mountain via Marion Lake
  • Take the Marion Mountain Trail to reach the summit in less than a mile. - Marion Mountain via Marion Lake
  • Summit view.- Marion Mountain via Marion Lake
  • Mount Jefferson summit view.- Marion Mountain via Marion Lake
  • Mount Hood peeking up on the left of Mount Jefferson.- Marion Mountain via Marion Lake
  • Three Fingered Jack and the burned trees from the B&B fire.- Marion Mountain via Marion Lake
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Views. Solitude.
Cons: 
Bugs in the summer.
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Region:
Mt. Jefferson + Metolius River Area, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Highest point: 
5,351.00 ft (1,630.98 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Horseback
Total Distance: 
12.00 mi (19.31 km)
Total elevation gain: 
1,991.00 ft (606.86 m)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,360.00 ft (1,024.13 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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You are sure to find beautiful places to hike in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness, and Marion Mountain is one of them. Hiking in from Marion Lake Trailhead you will walk along old-growth and new-growth forest. The trail starts off gently, and you are almost always not far from a creek until you reach Marion Lake. But before you reach Marion Lake you will first reach Lake Ann. You are sure to find ducks swimming in the lake and sometimes someone fishing. As you continue along, there is an unmarked trail that takes you to the beautiful Marion Falls and Gatch Falls. After visiting the waterfall, go back to the trail you left until you reach Marion Lake.

Hiking to the lake is beautiful as you look down and see Marion Creek, which feeds from the lake. It is more of a roaring river than a babbling creek. Although there is a trail that takes you along Marion Lake and even beyond that, stay right and cross the bridge. The landscape changes here for a minute as you cross a boulder field before heading back into the forest. Soon you will reach what was the devastating 90,000-acre B&B Complex fire. Although you hike through some of the charred trees, new trees and bushes are growing, and it is beginning to look beautiful again. There are many great views along the trail but the best is at the top of Marion Mountain. The top of Mount Hood pops up on the left of Mount Jefferson, and the lakes below and Three Fingered Jack are some of the highlights to be seen from the summit. There are many other trails in the area to extend your hike, or you can continue back the way you came.

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