Marion Lake

Essex, Montana 59916

Marion Lake

Marion Lake Professional Review and Guide

"The Marion Lake Trail is a short and rather popular hike that provides access to a montane lake surrounded by spruce forest and overlooked by a picturesque but nameless peak. The trail is suitable for both horses and hikers and is also a winter destination for adventuresome cross-country skiers.

The trail begins in a grove of young Douglas fir, topped by a scattering of old larch. Douglas fir seedlings are superior competitors in the shady realm beneath the forest canopy and will ultimately take over the canopy if the forest remains undisturbed by fire and logging. The trail climbs steeply up the hill, then swings westward into the valley of Marion Creek. Openings in the forest allow views of the forest-clad hogback of Essex Mountain, which rims the southern side of the valley. The well-defined route makes its way through progressively larger and more brushy forest openings, interspersed with stands of old Douglas fir. Thimbleberries grow thickly here, providing a late-summer feast for hikers and bears alike."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,810 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike
Best July through September
4,200 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,920 feet
Top Elevation
Great Bear Wilderness
Local Contacts
USGS Pinnacle
Local Maps

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Jul 2018