Marilyn Lakes

Eugene, Oregon

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The side trails to Marilyn Lakes offer a nice detour from the snow-traveler’s highway of Gold Lake. If the popular Gold Lake Road is crowded, then duck into the woods and explore these lakes, which are beautiful gems tucked into the subalpine forests of Willamette Pass. There’s a nice view of Diamond Peak from the northern side of Lower Marilyn Lake. And because the elevation gain is all but negligible, it’s not that much of a difference to sneak off and explore these lakes. You can make a longer loop and drop down into Gold Lake from the Marilyn Lakes area and hike back via the road to Highway 58.

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"The side trails to Marilyn Lakes offer a nice detour from the snow-traveler’s highway of Gold Lake. If the popular Gold Lake Road is crowded, then duck into the woods and explore these lakes, which are beautiful gems tucked into the subalpine forests of Willamette Pass.

There’s a nice view of Diamond Peak from the northern side of Lower Marilyn Lake. And because the elevation gain is all but negligible, it’s not that much of a difference to sneak off and explore these lakes. You can make a longer loop and drop down into Gold Lake from the Marilyn Lakes area and hike back via the road to Highway 58."

Activity Type: Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Eugene
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: December through March
Trailhead Elevation: 4,800 feet
Top Elevation: 4,880 feet
Local Contacts: Willamette National Forest, Middle Fork Ranger District
Local Maps: Imus Geographics, Willamette Pass Cross-Country Ski Trails; USGS Waldo Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Marilyn Lakes

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May 2018