This weekend we decided to go hike up to Marion Lake located in Oregon just east (about 7 miles) of Detroit Oregon. To get there, head east from Detroit Oregon on Hwy 22 and just before the bridge (Literally At the Bridge) at Marion Forks, turn left on Marion Creek Road. Follow Marion Creek Road until it dead ends at the trail head.
The hike up to Marion Lake will take you by Ann Lake, which in itself rather small but very beautiful. We saw some people up there fishing and when returning back from our hike noticed they caught many 12″+ brook trout.
The hike was pretty easy and we trekked about 4.6 miles (one way). There are a few short accents, but overall we just rested when tired. During this time of the year (beginning of Sept.) we had plenty of “trail food” to snack on. The wild blackberry’s, strawberry’s, and blue berries were all ripe and very good to eat! I would like to hike in there again next year, but possibly camp up there as most the sites we saw to camp were open and perfect for a couple tents.
Here is Marion Lake looking south. You can see Three Fingered Jack in the backdrop.
Just like most trail heads in Oregon, you will need a Northwest Forest pass to park. The cost is $5 for the day or $30 for a yearly pass.