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We enjoyed our hike on a beautiful 65 degree, sunny day! On the way to Mirror Lake, the trail weaves through pine forest on a consistent incline, but the ground is a bit forgiving. There are tree roots and rocks to work around, but it is easily navigable. Don’t skip the hike around Mirror Lake, this is where you’ll get iconic views of Mount Hood. The hike down is relaxing. Enjoy the tranquility and the friendly hikers you’ll meet along the way!

The view of Mt. Hood over the lake is amazing. We parked near the boat ramp so we were able to get the view and pictures right away. Then we were able to hop on the trail loop there and went around the whole lake. Mostly shaded and surrounded by woods with the lake always close by except when we came across a closure and went around a mostly unmarked trail. Was a little confusing but by keeping the lake in sight and listening for other hikers it was easy to find our way back onto the main trail. About 1.5hrs at a leisurely pace.

Gorgeous hike that’s still accessible even in the snow! Lots of great pics and tons of tiger trout catches

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful hike, old growth and wonderful views of Mt.Hood.

Great little hike. Really liked the cave! Not much of a waterfall but I was expecting that as it’s October. I’m sure it’s much bigger in the spring.

This was a really beautiful great hike! Since I went in the fall I got to see lots of beautiful colors, even the road up to the trailhead was brilliant with yellows and reds. Lots of salal turning brilliant red. Take the Pacific Crest Trail to the Timberline trail and around bald mountain since there is not a specific "Lolo Pass to Bald Mountain" sign. The first part of the trail is the hardest with some switchbacks but once you get up the hill it is pretty even. Heard Pika and Ravens. The views at the end of the trail are magnificent and you can see not only the mountain up close, but the Muddy Fork valley as well with a great spot to sit on some rocks and eat your snacks :) We saw just a few people there the same day so it was nice and quiet. It was a bit cold though, even on a perfect sunny day, so bring a sweater and a hat.

I've done this hike several times. Easy enough for everyone, but still a fun accomplishment. Beautiful view, woods, lake, and wildflowers. That view of Mother Hood is to die for

easy hike, gorgeous views at the lake. our dogs loved it too.

hiking
3 days ago

Nothing but beautiful!

hiking
3 days ago

So calm,so cozy

hiking
4 days ago

the trail was really nice and our dogs loved it ! wide path !

Beautiful scenery on a clear October day. Just the drive here from PDX proper was worth it. A few other hikers on a Monday morning but didn’t feel crowded. Path gets rocky & has a few largish root tangles throughout but nothing truly difficult. Area near the falls can be very slippery, but how far up you go is up to you - it’s selfie-worthy at the bottom too. Path follows water throughout, super pleasant. Gorgeous short hike.

Easy to get to, incredible views multiple times along the way. Never too difficult to climb.

I went on a Sunday and did not see any road closure signs. I followed the GPS directions to the trailhead but I never saw any signs that indicated Bald Mountain or Lolo Pass Trail. There's very little to no information at the trailhead except for a sign that says "Pacific Crest Trail", so I decided to just set out to my left from the parking area and see what happened. I met so many people on the trail asking where they were because there really is not much signage and the little there is, mostly unhelpful. No mileage, no trail markers. Thankful to Sarah Adams, the review before mine, for her review because without it, I would have never known that perhaps I was in the right place. I stayed on PCT to the sign in junction and went to my left on the Timberline. I walked about 40 minutes from there to a beautiful clearing right above a basin at the foot of Mt Hood. Ideal place to have a snack, then headed back. Lovely hike. Not very difficult. Steady 1.5 miles of gradual ascent in the beginning then it flattens out. Lots of great views of Hood along the way. Another 1.5 or so of gradual ascent to the clearing from the sign in point on Timberline Trail. All that gradual ascent makes for a very easy descent back to your car. Go early to avoid the seemingly bus loads of people coming up after 10am.

My brother & I hiked this trail and I've got to say this hike is PERFECT if your not trying to go on a really long hike that has difficult terrain to navigate.
The waterfall at the end is DEFINITELY worth every bit of the hike that it takes to get there.
Plus the whole trail on the way to the waterfall has amazing views and cool spots to stop at.

My brother & I hiked this trail when the weather was slightly cold and was raining pretty good outside and the hike was still GREAT.
This hike would be AWESOME to do on a clearer day so that you can actually witness the "killer" views.
Just be prepared though because I left my car lights on because of the foggy weather outside and we ALMOST got stranded there overnight so defiantly be prepared when you go to the woods!

Great hike! The trail at the trailhead is not marked, so you need to look for it. It’s not the main trail that you see

backpacking
5 days ago

Hiked this trail over this gorgeous weekend in October. Quite a few day hikers up to the viewpoint. No one after that. We stayed at Goat Creek with one other group. Took a day hike the next day well past the Kinzel Lake trail connection. Found MANY piles of semi-fresh cat scat on the trail. Also found evidence of bear activity and a paw print. Definitely had "that feeling" of being watched/followed for much of this part of the trial (from about mile 5.5-8 or so). We made lots of noise. On the way back to camp found a very fresh cat print in the trail. Made more noise :). Stay in groups (please) if you hike past Goat Creek. There definitely is wildlife in abundance past that point.

hiking
5 days ago

Pretty cool walking under Hood River Meadows ski lift with no snow! Steep in a few spots and Mt Hood peak poking her head through the trees...well-marked trail. Both waterfalls are stunning was very quiet for sunny Sunday morning. Pretty steep going down to Sahalie Falls-lots of roots to help with the scramble and absolutely worth it!

hiking
5 days ago

Fee parking, well-marked trail, big parking lot...great for kids & dogs...go early to beat the weekend crowds...steady incline, beautiful Fall foliage and waterfall

Nice walk along mostly gravel path.

walking
6 days ago

beautiful easy hike! the leaves are gorgeous right now!

So beautiful, definitely worth it to go on to the Tom Dick & Harry trail once you loop the lake!

Did this yesterday (Friday) and LOVED it! Not many people on the trail at all. We found the trail a little confusing but figured it out in the end. Ended up keeping left on both loops going up and doing the other way down. This takes you the gradual way up to McNeil Point and we ended up going down the steep way. We agreed that we would have preferred climbing up the steep way over down- tough but it was pretty sketchy going down. If you go up the gradual way, don't feel like you need to wait until you get to the shelter to stop for views. We didn't sit in the shelter at all because it's enclosed so you miss much of the view. Wish we'd stopped to eat on one of the big rocks coming up!

Really nice view of Mt Hood over the lake but a large portion of the trail is closed. People have created a bit of another route off trail but it's not very clear.

Beautiful views of Mount Hood! Very easy hike.

This was a beautiful hike! As others have stated, my only complaint is that you could see the road most of the time. Everything else was so beautiful that it didn’t really bother me. I definitely recommend going during the beginning of fall because it’s so beautiful when the leaves are starting to change and fog is dwelling around the trees. The waterfall was much bigger than I expected. Not very trafficked - even for a Saturday. We hung out at the waterfall for a good 30-45 min before people arrived.

I’ve done this twice now. It’s a pretty trail no matter what time of year. WALK ON THE GRAVEL ROAD UNTIL YOU SEE A BRIDGE TO THE RIGHT. I see many people getting lost on the off spurt trails. Dog friendly, not a hard trail either. The gravel road is more tiring than the actual trail. Lots of cool history as well.

scenic driving
14 days ago

Beautiful view of Mt Hood from the lake. Enjoyed watching some men fly fishing

Watch out for bees

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