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.
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."
--Paul Gerald, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland (Menasha Ridge Press).
"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."
--Lizann Dunegan, Trail Running Oregon (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Fred Barstad, Best Hikes Near Portland, Oregon (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Adam Sawyer, Best Dog Hikes Oregon (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Shea Andersen, Snowshoe Routes: Oregon (The Mountaineers Books).
"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 inthe Mount Hood National Forest. You’ll begin the hike byascending 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."
--Lizann Dunegan, Best Easy Day Hikes: Portland, Oregon (Falcon Guides).
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