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A long but very easy doable hike. I definitely suggest completing the loop, because the way back is a lot prettier and more exciting IMO. Use caution when crossing the river, there was a decent log for crossing, but water was flowing too hard to walk through. Use discretion about bringing your dog(s)! With no bridge they either have to walk through the river or cross a log, which the water was too fierce for the poor Shepherd I saw be forced across by his owner, and was very scared. The stream is lower and less fierce when it hasn’t been raining as well as earlier in the AM. A beautiful waterfall and peaceful place to sit and enjoy. Definitely a great hike for a cloudy day when Mt Hood isn’t visible or anyway!

Moderate hike for sure. It is uphill most of the way except for the area around Mirror Lake and part of the hike after the large hairpin turn on the mountain. There are some parts that get a little rocky, but still very manageable & not treacherous. Views are simply amazing. Parking is right on route 26, and there are only about 20-25 spots so get there early or expect to wait for a spot. I did this hike in 3.5 hours round trip with about 45 min in breaks along the way.

The trail was great and beautiful, but I should have heeded the warning about the bad road. My '06 Dodge Charger, low to the ground, hit a huge pot hole that cracked my coolant tank and the return trip to Portland was less than fun with overheating and pulling over until Fred Meyer in Gresham. Low cars, be careful!

Really nice hike. It deserves the “moderate” tag because there are rocks and tree roots everywhere under foot, making it a little tricky especially when wet; but the trail is wide and leisurely for sure. I didn’t go on to Tom, Dick, and Harry because it was so foggy I could barely even see the lake, much less any views of mountains in the distance. I’ll be back on a clear day.

I would rate this hike as easy, since the ascent can be done very fast. The views, nature, and different landscapes are truly special and diverse. I would recommend this trail to anyone who's looking to have a hike that is fewer than three hours, but sets the stage for what Pacific Northwest hikes can be. The parking is interesting, since it is literally right off of the freeway. Make sure to buy passes for the National Forest System online or at the Ranger's station in ZigZag before parking, since there is no place to purchase tickets here. Finally, there are a tremendous array of better hikes in the area, but this is good for those looking for something easier.

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.

Was a nice hike on the PCT and easy to go further on the trail if you choose. The waterfall was nice and not too many people. Good to stop and eat lunch.

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6 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.

I’d love to come back and do this hike on a clear day :) couldn’t see any views of Hood, but I’m sure it would’ve been stunning... a pretty easy hike no high elevation gain or steep inclines. It was nice

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 near Ramona creek are stunning.

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.

It was easier than I expected, but I absolutely loved the hike! I'd love to come back and do it again. The view of Mt. Hood was breathtaking.

hiking
16 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.

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!

A nice, fairly undemanding hike but not a lot of visual bang.

hiking
17 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
18 days ago

Nice view but worth climbing up to the top.

This is one of my favorite hikes ever. Go up to the summit to watch the sunset and you will never be disappionted!! It's beautiful at all times of day however. My family likes to camp by the lake so we don't have to hike all the way down the the parking lot in the dark.

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.

Great hike! Perfect weather for it. Started at umbrella falls. Didn’t realize you have to cross two roads to continue trail. We turned around and ended up doing some of elk meadows and then found out about the roads cause there’s no sign to continue the trail. Anyways, finished the loop, and saw both waterfalls. Cool to see the ski resort in the off-season.

Great hike. Pretty intense incline at beginning and Sahales falls didn’t have very good signage so we didn’t see it. Still overall great hike.

Nice hike... the view from the top is amazing

Spoiler alert: not so much a mountain like you might traditionally expect it to be: more like a large pile of rocks encircled by gorgeous trees wrapped in fog, especially if you get to the top in the AM. Visibility at the end can depend on this fog as well. If nothing else this is a nice challenge to add into your Mirror Lake Trail since you can access this trailhead from that loop around the lake. I highly recommend giving it a shot while you’re there for a nice workout and some scrambling at the very end to get that heart rate up!

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.

hiking
22 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

Meh. The trail is short and bumpy with a waterfall that is decent, but not great relative to the surrounding area.

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