Blue Lake Trail #3422 (Mt. Jefferson Wilderness)

The Blue Lake Trail begins at the junction with Marion Outlet Trail.  As Marion Creek pours out of Marion Lake the trailcrew constructed bridge crosses over Marion Creek and heads up slope to the junction with Pine Ridge Trail #3443.  After passing that junction the trail travels past Jen and Melis Lakes on the left.  Neither lake is visible from the trail.  

The trail heads up steeper slopes before dropping back down past Blue Lake on the right, then Jorn Lake on the left.  The trail meets with Bowerman Lake Trail #3492 at Jorn Lake.  From the junction with Bowerman, the trail continues south past the junction with Dixie Lakes Trail and ends at the junction with Duffy Lake Trail #3427and Santiam Lake Trail #3491.   

At a Glance

Fees: $5/vehicle/day or a valid recreation pass. No payment accepted onsite.
Permit Info: Central Cascades Wilderness Permits are required between June 15 and October 15 for both day and overnight use if enter from Marion Lake or Duffy Lake trailheads. Check out 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 District
44125 North Santiam Highway SE
Detroit, OR 97342

General Information

General Notes:

Map of Blue Lake trail


Access 1 from: Marion Lake Trailhead (Fee site)

Access 2 from: Duffy Lake Trailhead (Fee site)


12 - 15 vehicles 

Please park all horse trailers in the lower parking area.


Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult


Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

Horse Riding

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

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  Area/Length : 
7.6 miles