Duffy Lake Trail 3427 Professional Reviews and Guides
"The Central Oregon Cascades are ﬁlled with beautiful, clear lakes hidden deep within the forests. Most of these tranquil places rarely get visited because of
location, but for those ardent souls who choose to venture beyond a few miles from the main roads and trailheads, rewards await aplenty."
--Lucas Alberg, Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon (Wilderness Press).
"The forested terrain of the southern Mount Jefferson Wilderness is dominated by two outstanding features, the rugged crags of Three Fingered Jack and the tranquil beauty of dozens of mountain lakes. Both features are included in this relatively easy hike that visits two of the most attractive and popular lakes in this area. Forest-rimmed Duffy Lake has no good view of Three Fingered Jack, but features fi ne camps and a nice view of pointed Duffy Butte."
--Doug Lorain, One Night Wilderness: Portland: Backcountry Getaways Within Three Hours of the City (Wilderness Press).
"The sparkling lakes, dense forests, and lovely meadows in the high country northwest of Three Fingered Jack have been a popular destination for generations of Oregon hikers. Many people now in their eighties retain fond memories of family outings to Marion Lake or overnight scout trips into Eight Lakes Basin. As often happens with such memories, the clouds of mosquitoes that chased many of those hikers out of the high country are forgotten, leaving only the pleasant thoughts of good fellowship and grand scenery."
--Douglas Lorain, 100 Classic Hikes in Oregon (The Mountaineers Books).
This was an awesome trip. My wife and I made 4 days of it, but both agreed that we could spend weeks up there. In 4 days, we only saw 3 other people other than a few on the way out as we were going in. The mosquitos weren't nearly as bad as everyone says.... My wife tells a different story, but I only got bitten a couple times when my repellant wore off.
We started late on Sunday and made it to Duffy lake in time to build camp and do some fishing. Monday we overslept and didn't get on the trail until early afternoon but made it to Jorn lake early enough for some more fishing, which was great here. There are some really nice Brook Trout in this lake and a few Rainbows as well.
Then next morning, we again overslept, so our planned loop around Marion Lake didn't happen. Instead we opted to stay camped at Jorn Lake and do a day hike. During which, we discovered Blue Lake.... had I known it was that close, we'd have pushed on to camp there. Blue Lake is by far one of the most beautiful lakes in the basin.
Our last day we got up early, and hiked past the Dixie lakes and up to Santiam Lake. WOW... what views of Three Fingered Jack! It was awesom. After lunch at Santiam Lake, we hiked out to the trail head.
This is definitely an area that we will explore again soon.
A nice and secluded hike once you get past the crowds going to Marion lake, but much of the area past there burned in forest fires a few years ago. The area is pretty decimated of trees, but a lot of Fireweed and grasses are coming back. An interesting experience nonetheless, and likely will have some good wildflower displays in the coming weeks.
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