The best view comes after the hardest climb.

Mirror Lake is a mountain lake in Clackamas County of the U.S. state of Oregon. Nestled at the foot of Tom Dick and Harry Mountain ,which is southwest of Mount Hood. Mirror Lake Loop Trail is a 4.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

Mt. Hood and the frozen Mirror Lake

Reaching Mirror Lake Trail Head:

From Portland, OR – travel 27 miles east of Sandy on US Hwy 26 and turn right (south) into the gravel parking area where a footbridge crosses Camp Creek (between mileposts 51 and 52).

About the Trail:

From the trail head parking area, the entry to the deep forest is a log bridge which further immediately enter deep forest, crossing Mirror Creek on a second log bridge.

Entry to the trail starts from crossing this log bridge

Views of deep forests with trees and walkway snow covered

Second Log bridge that enters into deep forest

The trail soon enters more open woods, then begins a series of switchbacks across open scree slopes that provide interesting views of the Zigzag Valley, far below. 

Narrow scree slopes of the valley

As the trail approaches Mirror Lake, you will see the direction board for Mirror lake loop and Tom Dick Harry mountain. Take left from here and you will hear the outlet creek, and see a third bridge leading to the loop around the lake at the 1.4 mile mark. It started snowing at this point of the trail.

Small Creek and third log bridge

The moment we reached there at the lake it started snowing. You can see in the picture, those tiny white flakes *killing chilled it was*.

If you’re planning to stop at the lake, go left and cross the bridge for the best picnic spots along the east shore. Then be sure to complete the loop around the lake to take in the marsh boardwalk at the south end of the lake, and picturesque views of Mount Hood.

If you’re looking for a longer hike, continue straight (right) when you reach the loop junction, and you’ll be on the Tom Dick and Harry Mountain Hike.

We hiked till this point only as it was our first day in the place and we had others activities for the day.

Certainly this hike was my life’s one of the best hiking which ended up in such a beautiful frozen lake. I guess heaven must look like this.

Guys plan your visit soon to this beautiful place. Its really alluring.

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Cheers & Love,

Megha

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