Mirror Lake Trailhead

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Mirror Lake

NOTE: Monday-thru-Friday, travelers will encounter traffic stops (approx. 20 mins) controlled by flaggers on Hwy 26 due to the ODOT highway safety project - until Oct. 31, 2015.

This popular trailhead along Highway 26 leads to the Mirrot Lake Trail which is 2.1 miles round-trip to the lake and has 700 feet of elevation change.  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 and Harry Ridge is a more challenging hike with a view of the Cascade Range.  This trail is heavily visited and is kid-friendly for the adventurous family.

PICNIC TABLE, TOILET, INTERPERTIVE SIGN, GARBAGE CAN. Capacity for more than 10 medium sized vehicles.

Provides access to: Mirror Lake Trail #664 which accesses Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness.



Note:  Trailhead parking is closed from Nov. 1st -thru- Apr. 30th. This trailhead is neither a Sno-Park nor does it provide access to any designated winter trail.

At a Glance

Fees $5/vehicle/day May 15th through Oct 1st.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply within Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness.
Closest Towns: Government Camp, OR
Water: No
Restroom: No
Passes: Recreation Passes may be used as a form of fee payment.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Zig Zag Ranger District, Zig Zag Ranger Station

General Information


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).

From Government Camp, OR - head west on US Hwy 26 for 1.6 miles. Turn left (south) into the gravel parking area where a footbridge crosses Camp Creek (between mileposts 51 and 52). 


Because of safety concerns, US Highway 26 shoulder parking at the Mirror Lake Trailhead is between posted parking signs only - Oregon Department of Transportation has it well signed. Violators will be ticketed and towed.

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