Mirror Lake

Government Camp, Oregon

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Here’s a great little hike for several reasons. For starters, it’s a good alternative for those of you traveling to Mount Hood with skier friends who will be bashing their knees at the ski areas; you can drop them off and pursue a little peace and quiet. Secondly, the route isn’t so hard that you struggle all day, yet the view at Mirror Lake is a substantial reward. And finally, it’s so close to Government Camp that you are within a few minutes of a hot chocolate as soon as you get back to the trailhead.
Snowshoe Routes: Oregon

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Snowshoe Routes: Oregon

by Shea Andersen (The Mountaineers Books)

Here’s a great little hike for several reasons. For starters, it’s a good alternative for those of you traveling to Mount Hood with skier friends who will be bashing their knees at the ski areas; you can drop them off and pursue a little peace and quiet.

Secondly, the route isn’t so hard that you struggle all day, yet the view at Mirror Lake is a substantial reward. And finally, it’s so close to Government Camp that you are within a few minutes of a hot chocolate as soon as you get back to the trailhead.

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Activity Type: Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Government Camp
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: December through March
Trailhead Elevation: 3,400 feet
Top Elevation: 4,100 feet
Local Contacts: Mount Hood National Forest, Zigzag Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails 461, Government Camp; Mark Wigg, Mount Hood Ski Trails; USGS Government Camp
Driving Directions: Directions to Mirror Lake

Recent Trail Reviews

1/3/2010
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Great trail, although the parking is a little scary with semis whizzing by. Very well maintained and easy to follow all the way up to the lake and around. Don't let the "easy" rating lead you to believe you won't be breaking a significant sweat as you work your way up the switchbacks. The reported 700 foot climb feels considerably longer but it's worth the trip.


1/1/2008
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Very nice trail, quite well packed by the time we arrived in the afternoon. We saw several people without snowshoes, but it would have been a slippery hike. The trail is well graded with switchbacks on the way up, just enough to get your blood pumping. Keep your eyes peeled, because there are a couple of magnificent views of Mt. Hood from both spots on the trail and the lake.


1/13/2007
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A great snowshoe trail will awesome views from the south side of Mirror Lake (of hood). The parking lot can be sketchy as it fills up fast and is very close (like 10 ft) from hwy 26


12/4/2006
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The day I was here the trail was so well packed we didn't need snowshoes to get to the lake, but it was beautiful! Above the lake we needed them and had a blast exploring the hills above the bowl. Backcountry skiers and snowboarders had carved a few trails here which we used to scale the sides of the bowl to the west of the lake. The views are fantastic!


2/4/2006
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This trail was great, but more difficult than the "easy" rating it had been given. The trail was very narrow, and at times dissapeared completely. The day I was there it was very windy and may have caused some of the new snow to blow over the trail. It provided a great, and very strenuous workout!



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