Views of Mt Hood from a small backcountry lake are a big draw for this trail. Mirror Lake is a classic glacial cirque lake. The steep slopes south and southwest of Mirror Lake are the glacier cirque headwall. Hiking up to Tom Dick Ridge gives a more challenging hike with a view of the Cascade Range. This trail is heavily visited.
The 1.5 miles from the trailhead to the lake gains 700 feet at a steady but not too steep climb. The trail surface is wider than average to the lake. Once at the lake there is a trail around the lake. From the southwest corner of the lake the trail continues up across the slope and onto the ridge top of Tom Dick Mt. This upper section of the trail is rougher and narrower. The last 200 yards of trail is steeper and rockier still to a view point at the trail’s end. While many visit the area in the winter, it is not built or maintained for winter travel.
The Mirror Lake area has required significant restoration due to impacts from visitors. You will note that some areas are fenced off to allow for restoration to flourish.
Mirror Lake Trailhead is located one mile west of the Village of Government Camp on Hwy 26 at milepost 51.7. It is on the south side of Hwy 26 where a footbridge crosses Camp Creek. If driving from Zigzag, it is 9.2 miles east of the Zigzag Ranger Station. There is no trailhead signing, but the parking area is large.
For more information, visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mthood/null/recarea/?recid=53430&actid=70
|Northwest Forest Pass|
|Distance||3 miles around lake round trip|
|Snow Free||Late May to Early November|
|Uses||Hikers, XC Skiers, Snowshoers|