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great hike to mirror lake but of you are going to go that far take the Tom dick and Harry trail all the way to the top and get views of five peaks at the same time( hood, Jefferson, Rainer, St Helen's, Adams) such an amazing view.

hiking
2 days ago

Absolutely beautiful hike to a stunning, cascading waterfall. probably best to AVOID WHEN RAINING you have to cross a river and The logs get very slippery....slipped and sprained my ankle...but,still worth it! Lol

I’ve done this hike a few times. The falls are beautiful and peaceful, perhaps the most spectacular on the mountain. Take your time enjoy a snack at the falls and snap a few photos on the bridge. Make the loop to see the rocky cliffs and walk along the stream. The only tricky part is crossing the Sandy River, but there are usually big logs and a couple of options for crossing.

Wonderful trip! Did this as a 4-day backpacking trip with my wife in August of 2017. Breathtaking views, wildflowers, historic shelters, and snow fields. This hike has a little bit of everything. If your itinerary allows, camp at Dollar Lake on the north side of the mountain. It’s a short climb from the main trail, but has excellent campsites, a beautiful view of the mountain, and a nice place for a swim or washing clothes. Water crossings vary significantly with temperature and rainfall. Sandy, Coe, and Elliott were the most challenging for us. It’s a fantastic and challenging hike.

Beautiful hike. Lucky we had a clear day got to see Mt Hood and Rainer. Good workout too.. went on Sept 2, 2018

backpacking
4 days ago

Went Labor Day weekend. If we didn’t arrive early we would’ve been out of a camping spot! Was a moderate trail to burnt lake, but with my pack on, felt like a long time to get there :)

This trail is currently closed for a month because of a deadly cougar attack until they find the cougar that killed the hiker on the nearby Hunchback Trail.

"The Forest Service closed more than 29,000 acres in the Hunchback Mountain area to public use as officials continue to search for the cougar suspected of causing the death of a Gresham hiker.
The area will be closed for at least 30 days, though the order could end early or be extended depending on the progress of the operation."

Trail is currently closed because of a cougar attack that killed a woman.

https://www.wweek.com/news/state/2018/09/11/oregons-first-ever-fatal-cougar-attack-in-the-wild-kills-woman-hiking-in-mt-hood-national-forest/

This was incredible. Got there really early (about 6:30am) on Saturday. Literally no one else there for whole hike. The falls are beautiful and the rocks beard Ramona creek are stunning.

Hiked this trail on a weekend with some friends. It is much busier than a weekday, so try your best to get to the trailhead before 8:30 AM. Also, if you can, try to hike it on a clear day. There's so much more to see.

Easy hike, brief view of Mt Hood, nice areas to hang out by the water. Did this with our one year old and he loved walking around by the water.

Holy WOW! What a beautiful hike! 12.8 miles in 5 hours (moving). Not sure if one way is better than the other when you get to the loop. I went right. I’ll go straight if I do it again. I definitely would’ve preferred Scotty to beam me out the last 2 miles, but whatever. What an absolute joy this trail is!

hiking
12 days ago

Great trail with a beautiful waterfall. Oregon at its best.

Despite seeing on the park website Lolo Pass Rd is open, you are diverted to another road and as the previous reviewer stated, will hang left at the fork. Lots of bumps in the road! Parking is just past the PCT marker to your right. Trail starts flat but quickly starts gaining elevation. You have about 1.5 miles of steady elevation before things flatten out. You will come to a viewpoint of Hood and a valley, but this is not nearly the end of the trail! You keep on through a dense yet spaced forest after filling out your permit and continue on Timberline. Once you see a clearing you'll come up on a view of the valley and then Hood around the bend. Quite beautiful and a good workout.

Beautiful trail, but do not underestimate the last 3 miles as they are a thigh burner!

My husband and I hiked this over Labor Day weekend, and while it was a bit busy, we loved it. Definitely want to come back soon!

hiking
13 days ago

arrived at the trail head early afternoon and the parking lot was full so waited till there was less cars and then got on the trail. saw a few groups at the start but was quiet the rest of the way. the walk is enjoyable and the falls are sweet! definitely do this counter clockwise.

hiking
14 days ago

Nice view but worth climbing up to the top.

I loved it. Good workout with beautiful view of Mt. Hood and Rainier. Love the different terrains.

If you approach from 26, the road is closed but the detour will get you right to the trailhead. When it gets to the fork in the gravel road, go left (right is Top Spur). Much of the approach is in the forest, but the views of Mt. Hood at the end are worth it! No problem with bugs, a couple parts of the trail are a little bit overgrown so I was happy to be in long pants.

Not a particularly challenging hike; however, I will say if you can get to the lake early perhaps around 9:00 AM at the latest and catch the fog hanging out around the trees, it is truly magical. Oh and if you want while you’re here, you should really take the Tom Dick and Harry Mountain trail for a little more challenging hike (although not too much!).

First half of the trail (to the falls) is alright, seemed really long, way longer than the trip back. Some good scenery, but again, second half is way more scenic. The crossing of the Sandy is a little cumbersome with a dog. Our 75 pound pit mix had some trouble, but eventually made it (both times, you have to cross twice) but it took some coaxing and some help on my husband and I’s part. If you have a bigger dog be warned, it might take some work to get your pup across.

Beautiful views! Busy but not too crowded on Labor Day weekend. We saw maybe a dozen other people, but we had the viewpoints to ourselves. A portion of Lolo Pass Road is closed but the detour will take you right to the trailhead.

No idea where the 7 miles came from but it’s around 11. No black flies yesterday which was a bonus

hiking
18 days ago

deffently one of my favorites. it's real flat loop and it's only 13 miles of you connect to little creater lake fun and longer.

backpacking
18 days ago

By far my favorite hike up here. Easy terrain and fun walk around the lake before heading back down. And easy to get to by any car

hiking
19 days ago

Great hike, good trail but very popular and congested. Go early or later in the afternoon when folks are heading back for dinner. Beautiful views of Mirror Lake with Mt. Hood in background. 3hr trek

hiking
19 days ago

8/31/18
Incredible sweeping view of the west side of the mountain. Sunset was amazing. At least 4 camp spots near the top. King Boletes on the lower switchbacks made this an even more rewarding hike. I did it as a day hike and descended in the dark. See pics!

backpacking
19 days ago

I backpacked in, camped overnight and then back out the next day. This hike was 22 miles round trip to the top of the true ridge. There is no water source past Romana falls except a puddle that may dry up by the time you get there. About 40 minutes from the Yokum ridge split there’s a hornets nest. Just be mindful of it. The didn’t bother me but other hikers were stung. Beautiful view at the top. There is a trail that goes right that is super sketchy. There is a barely there trail to the left that i felt so much safer on but still a bit dangerous. Drop your large pack if you summit the ridge. Have fun!!

Beautiful trail. Just enough of an incline without making it too challenging. It was a bit cloudy today, so we couldn't see the tops of the mountains most of the time, but still an amazing hike!

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