Marion Lake

Revelstoke, British Columbia

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An uphill hike through Columbia forest to the cool waters of Marion Lake. Two explorers, the Reverend Swanzy and the Reverend William Spotswood Green, put Glacier National Park on the map for nineteenth-century climbers. Marion Lake is named after Green’s daughter. Lakes are very uncommon in the central Columbia Mountains. This one sits in a basin gouged by glaciers during the last ice age. Its water is clear but looks gray-green, like the rocks that line its floor. And it’s a tough climb for very little reward, as the lake is difficult to see through the trees. You will, however, have some nice views as you climb along this trail.
Hiking Yoho, Kootenay, Glacier, and Mt. Revelstoke National Parks

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Hiking Yoho, Kootenay, Glacier, and Mt. Revelstoke National Parks

by Michelle Gurney & Kathy Howe (Falcon Guides)

An uphill hike through Columbia forest to the cool waters of Marion Lake. Two explorers, the Reverend Swanzy and the Reverend William Spotswood Green, put Glacier National Park on the map for nineteenth-century climbers. Marion Lake is named after Green’s daughter.

Lakes are very uncommon in the central Columbia Mountains. This one sits in a basin gouged by glaciers during the last ice age. Its water is clear but looks gray-green, like the rocks that line its floor. And it’s a tough climb for very little reward, as the lake is difficult to see through the trees. You will, however, have some nice views as you climb along this trail.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Revelstoke
Distance: 3.1
Elevation Gain: 1,394 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Best mid-June through mid-October
Trailhead Elevation: 4,101 feet
Top Elevation: 5,496 feet
Local Contacts: Glacier National Park
Local Maps: Rogers Pass (Glacier National Park, The Adventure Map); Blaeberry, 82 N/6; Glacier, 82 N/5
Driving Directions: Directions to Marion Lake

Recent Trail Reviews

8/6/2015
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One of the least pleasant and unrewarding hikes I've ever been on, particularly given the effort required. I'm sure the drizzly weather and low hanging clouds didn't help much, but I believe, in general the views are fairly limited anyways given that you are typically in the woods most of the time (there are better views from your car in this area) and the trail had little change in biome. It is a fairly strenuous assent with long, steep switchbacks that seem poorly planned, trees with spray-painted graffiti in several spots, and the higher you get, increasing road noise from the Trans-Canadian Highway. When you finally reach the "lake" it is a small pond-I've a more picturesque one in the woods out behind my house. There is a "viewpoint" about 1 kilometer from the "lake;" the mountains are pretty, but less so than what you'd see from your car, other than a very good vista of the highway itself snaking through the valley! Don't bother.



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