"When you come around the corner on US 26 and see 75 cars parked on the side of the road, know that it’s not a fair; it’s the Mirror Lake Trailhead. The interest in this trail is well justified, so think about starting early or going on a weekday to have a decent chance for some quiet time (and keep an eye out for that new trailhead; see Comments, above right).
The lower portions of Mirror Lake Trail #664 have rhododendrons that bloom pink in late June, and the upper portions are cool and shady, keeping you from warming up too much as you head up the hill." Read more
"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." Read more
"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." Read more
"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." Read more