Due to a lapse in federal funding, this USDA website will not be actively updated. Once funding has been reestablished, online operations will continue. On-going operational updates will be posted here (https://www.fs.fed.us/shutdown) as we are able to provide them.


Mirror Lake Trailhead Relocation Project Resumes on U.S. 26

Laura Pramuk 503-668-1791 (USFS)
Kimberley Dinwiddie 503-539-8454 (ODOT)

Sandy, OR – May 31, 2018

The Mirror Lake Trailhead Relocation Project is set to resume next week on U.S. 26 adjacent to the Mt. Hood Ski Bowl Resort parking lot.  The Zigzag Ranger District of the Mt. Hood National Forest in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) are working together on a joint project to relocate the Mirror Lake trailhead to a new location that will include restrooms and ample parking.

This summer contractors will be constructing a new 50 space parking lot, three new sections of trail, a new trailhead plaza including new toilets and a picnic area, and intersection improvements on U.S. 26.  In preparation for the upcoming intersection and lane improvements clearing operations will begin on U.S. 26 between mile post 52 and 53 on Monday, June 4.  The work area will be flagged with up to 20 minute lane closures for eastbound and westbound traffic to allow for the falling of trees and removal of other material.  These lane closures will be on-going for the next 2 weeks, approximately from June 4 through June 15th.

The existing trailhead is located on the south side of Highway 26, approximately one mile west of Government Camp. However, the existing trailhead parking area is small and is located on sharp curve along U.S.  26. Visitors often overflow the parking lot and park on the highway shoulders or across U.S.  26 creating a safety hazard.

Construction is planned for this summer and fall and is not expected to impact use of the existing trail. Hikers will use the existing trail until the new trailhead is complete, then will switch over to the new parking lot. Users can expect to see work on the new trailhead this summer and fall.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of October. Motorists can expect traffic delays and flagging throughout the summer and fall as construction continues along the highway and in the new trailhead area.

For more information and updates, visit the FHWA project webpage at:  https://flh.fhwa.dot.gov/projects/or/mirror-lake/. For up to date ODOT information and alerts go to: https://tripcheck.com/


The mission of the U.S. Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 30 percent of the nation’s surface drinking water to cities and rural communities and approximately 66 million Americans rely on drinking water that originated from the National Forest System.  The agency also has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 900 million forested acres within the U.S., of which over 130 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.


“USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.”