Mirror Lake Trail

Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon

Distance1.3mi
Elevation Gain693ft
Trailhead Elevation3,454ft
Top4,106ft
Elevation Min/Max3450/4106ft
Elevation Start/End3454/3454ft

Mirror Lake Trail

Mirror Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Clackamas County, Oregon. It is within Mount Hood National Forest. It is 1.3 miles long and begins at 3,454 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 693 feet. The Mirror Lake Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. There is also a picnic site. Near the end of the trail is a camp site. This trail connects with the following: Mirror Lake Loop.

Mirror Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"You can go a short way on this hike and join the weekend throngs at a lovely little lake with a great view of Mount Hood. Or you can put in a little more effort and leave most of the crowds behind to claim an even better view at the top of, believe it or not, Tom, Dick, and Harry Mountain."

"A singletrack trail that travels through a pine-scented forest to a scenic alpine lake with gorgeous views of Mount Hood. This trail has everything you ever wanted: a good cardio pump, a smooth trail, a bubbling creek and scenic alpine lake, a killer view of Mount Hood, wild- flowers, and cool, shady forest.

If it sounds too good to be true, there is a catch—it is very popular and very crowded (especially on summer weekends). If you can look past the crowds, you’ll love the run to this high-alpine lake that offers prime swimming opportunities in mid-summer."

"Hike to Mirror Lake and possibly camp overnight. Then you can follow the often rhododendron-lined route to the summit of Tom Dick and Harry Mountain, and arguably the best view of the south side of Mount Hood. Once on the summit, be sure to allow plenty of time for enjoying the view and taking photos. Mounts Jefferson, Adams, Rainier and St. Helens are also in view from the summit on clear days.

As you enter the woods on the south side of the creek, the wide, smooth tread passes a signboard and a picnic table. Shortly there will be a path to the right. Bear left here, staying on the main trail, and soon cross another footbridge.
Past the second footbridge the woods soon thins out."

"This trail has everything you ever wanted: a smooth trail; a bubbling creek to cool off you and your dog, a scenic alpine lake; a spectacular view of Mount Hood; wildflowers; and cool, shady forest."

"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."

"This trail has everything you ever wanted: a smooth trail, a bubbling creek and scenic alpine lake, a spectacular view of Mount Hood, wildflowers, and cool, shady forest. If it sounds too good to be true, there is a catch—this trail is very popular and very crowded (especially on summer weekends). If you can look past the crowds, you’ll love the hike to this high alpine lake that offers prime swimming opportunities in midsummer.

This route takes you on a tour of beautiful Mirror Lake in
the Mount Hood National Forest. You’ll begin the hike by
ascending a series of switchbacks through a cool, shady forest. After 1.4 miles you’ll begin the loop portion of the hike along the shores of picturesque Mirror Lake. This high lake trail is decorated with deep purple lupine, vibrant red Indian paintbrush, and other colorful wildflowers."

Mirror Lake Trail Reviews

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1/3/2010
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.
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1/1/2008
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.
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1/13/2007
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
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12/4/2006
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!
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2/4/2006
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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1/21/2006
Very good beginners trail. Long enough to have fun but not so long that beginners get frustrated. Uphill to the lake and downhill on the way back makes it a little challenging but easily doable even if you haven't been exercising recently. And the view of the lake covered with snow is beautiful.
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Trail Information

Mount Hood National Forest
Nearby City
Mount Hood National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate
Skill Level
Mount Hood National Forest Headquarters Office, 16400 Champion Way, Sandy 97055; (503) 668-1700; www.fs.usda.gov/mthood/
Local Contacts
USGS: Government Camp; Maptech CD: Newport/Portland/Mount Hood/The Dalles; DeLorme: Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer, page 62 B2
Local Maps

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Sep 2018