Mirror Lake Loop Trail #664
ElevationAscent: 666' 203 m
Descent: -667' -203 m
High: 4,128' 1,258 m
Low: 3,599' 1,097 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)
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“This very popular hike to the namesake lake for Mt. Hood views is best done early morning mid-week or in shoulder season.”— Kathleen Walker
Family Friendly Most of this trail is kid friendly. However one mile in, there is a steeper 0.75 mile climb to the lake.
Be aware that the Mirror Lake Trailhead was relocated in late 2018. It is about 200 feet higher along Highway 26, so the first mile in is less steep than it was, but the relocation added 1.4 miles to the trip.
A trail park pass is required May 15-Oct. 1. A sno-park permit is required Nov 1-April 30. Mirror Lake can be snowed in till mid June. Call Zigzag RD at 503-622-3191 for conditions.
From that point, the trail narrows and is dirt. Ten bridges were added to the new trail. After crossing Camp Creek, there are a series of six more bridges as the trail heads west, through thick forests of western red cedar, Douglas fir, and hemlock, before crossing a powerline corridor. At that point, the trail drops slightly to the northwest, switchbacks, and ties into the old Mirror Lake Trail.
The trail heads south, crossing the powerline again, before climbing two switchbacks and arriving at the lake. The most scenic loop around the lake is to stay to the right at the first intersection. Continue aroung the west side of the lake, accessing the shoreline on the stairs and rock access points. The best views are at the southwest corner of the lake, but these are also the wettest sections, so please stay on trail and boardwalk. On clear, still days, you can get the namesake picture of Mt. Hood to the northeast. Skirt the spirea shrubs on the east side of the lake, before crossing the bridge over the lake's outlet creek and completing the loop around the lake and then head back to the car.
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