Area Status: Open
MIRROR LAKE TRAILHEAD RELOCATION PROJECT: This project is being managed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The Zigzag Ranger District of the Mt. Hood National Forest in cooperation with the FHWA and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), together known as the "Project Partners," are proposing to relocate the Mirror Lake Trailhead. Project Partners are proposing to relocate the parking area. The Proposed Action will include establishing a new parking area of similar size (approximately 50 spaces), building a trail connection from the new parking area to the existing Mirror Lake Trail, improvements to US 26 (turning lanes, intersection improvements) as deemed necessary, and restoring the existing parking area and section of trail to be abandoned once the new trail and parking area have been constructed.
For more information, please visit the project website and also the Section 4(f) Memorandum pdf.
This trail is 2.1 miles round-trip to the lake and has 700 feet of elevation change. It accesses Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness. 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.
The 1 mile from the trailhead to the lake gains 700 feet at a steady, moderate climb. The trail surface is wider than average to the lake and once at the lake, hikers may enjoy a narrower, 0.5 mile lakeside trail. From the southwest corner of the lake the trail continues 1.8 miles across the slope and onto the ridge top of Tom Dick and Harry Mt. The upper section of the trail is much rougher and narrower, with the last 200 yards of trail being very steep and rocky to access 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.
Trail Description and Map (PDF File)
At a Glance
||Maintained 4/2015 Parking may be limited at times due to highway construction.
- Note: Oregon Department of Transportation closes the trailhead parking from Nov. 1st through April 30th depending on snow conditions.
||Wilderness regulations apply within Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness.
||Government Camp, OR
||A valid Recreation Pass is required at Mirror Lake trailhead during the open season (May 15th through Oct 1st).
||Zig Zag Ranger Station
The trail begins at Hwy 26 at the Mirror Lake trailhead.
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, 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.