Duffy Lake Trail #3427

Duffy Lake Trail connects to the Big Meadows area and to Mt. Jefferson Wilderness.

Big Meadows Area:  

Mt. Jefferson Wilderness access:

At a Glance

Fees: This site requires a Northwest Forest Pass or Interagency pass. To reduce the risk of theft, we no longer accept payment on-site. Day-use passes and annual passes are available electronically, by mail, and through local vendors.
Permit Info: If entering from Duffy Lake trailheadCentral Cascades Wilderness Permits are required between June 15 and October 15 for both day and overnight use at this trailhead. If entering from Big Meadows trailhead, there are two types of entry permits required.
  • Overnight Use  
  • Day Use               
    • Free, self-issue Wilderness Permit (available at the trailhead) between June 15 and October 15.  
Check out Recreation.gov for more information or call 1-877-444-6777.
Closest Towns: Marion Forks, Idanha and Detroit, Oregon
Water: Water from streams and lakes should be filtered or treated.
Passes: A valid recreation pass may be used as a form of fee payment.
Information Center: Detroit Ranger Station

General Information

General Notes:

Map of Duffy Lake trail


Access from: 


At Big Meadows Horsecamp there are nine camp sites with space enough for horse trailer and vehicle parking for two vehicles.  At the actual trail entrance there is room enough for possibly three vehicles with horse trailers.  

Duffy Lake Trailhead has enough space for parking 20 vehicles.  

Please park horse trailers near the hitching post closer to the entrance of the loop rather than near the restroom and information kiosk boards.


Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Intermediate


Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Horse Riding

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

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  Area/Length : 
5.5 miles

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