Marion Lake Trail Area - Mt. Jefferson Wilderness


There are some great trails in the Marion Lake area; generations of Oregon families and those beyond have enjoyed hiking, backpacking, fishing and more in this area of the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness.

There are many popular trails including the loop trail to Marion Lake via the Marion Outlet Trail and the 11.2 mile round trip hike to Marion Mountain.

Many trails in the area run through severely burned areas of the wilderness. The 2003 B&B Fire and 2006 Puzzle Fire changed the area dramatically and hazards still remain.

Know Before You Go

  • Fishing and camping are prohibited near the outlet of Marion Lake.
  • Campfires are banned within a quarter-mile of lakeshores.
  • Camping is prohibited at Lake Ann
  • Click here to read special regulations unique to the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness Area.
  • Stock users must use weed-free feed; click here for more information.
  • ''Leave No Trace'' techniques are encouraged, including properly disposing of human and pet waste and carrying out all trash. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions:

New for 2021, trails in Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, and Three Sisters Wilderness Areas will require a Central Cascades Wilderness Permit for overnight use and some will require one for day-use. Learn more.

Fees Day and Overnight visitors: Central Cascades Wilderness Permit required between Friday of Memorial Day weekend and the last Friday of September; reserve at or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Parking: a valid recreation pass may be used as a form of fee payment or Central Cascades Wilderness Permit holders must leave a copy of their permit trailhead pass on windshield in vehicle.
Water: No potable (drinking) water
Information Center: Detroit Ranger District
44125 North Santiam Highway SE
Detroit, OR 97342

General Information

General Notes:

Map of Marion Lake Trail Area - Mt. Jefferson Wilderness

map of Mt. Jefferson - Marion Lake trail area



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