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This is a great walk to do with young teens and people new to hiking. It’s not too long and there is elevation to get your heart rate up for anyone wanting a challenge. The view is spectacular and there are places to rest and have lunch. I cannot wait to bring more family members to enjoy this hike with.

Nice way to see ferns and Oregon grapes up close

Hiked it for sunrise and it was amazing. So beautiful and the perfect moderate hike to train at night.

This is a technically easy but steep trail, with rewarding vistas and forest for the entirety. A little hard to stay on the trail as you reach the summit, because the terrain is strewn with boulders, but well worth the effort one you reach the top.
We hadn't planned on doing this hike, we only had intentions of visiting Mirror Lake, but decided to tack on the second part. We arrived at the summit around 10am completely shrouded in mist, so we decided to hold out to see if the cloud cover would clear so we could see Mt. Hood. Waited nearly two hours (many others came and went in the time), but the wait was SO worth it. Stunning views of Hood and much of the Cascade range both North and South.

This seems like a popular trail, but not overly crowded. There are some camp sites at the lake, and if you keep going to the top there are great views of the entire area.

Veda and Mirror are preferable to Trillium Lake. Crowds are awful. Trail is in utter disrepair. Signage sucks. It was overcast, therefore views of Mount Hood were non-existent.

If we had more time, we would have climbed Tom Dick and Harry, which is on same trail path. The loop trail itself is not quite 4 miles, but it is lovely. If comparing lake to lake, we preferred Veda Lake. However, access to Mirror Lake TH is right on highway. Get there early for parking and expect crowds.

Super quick, easy, and rewarding hike. Great for out-of-town guests (especially if they range in levels of fitness) who want to experience an Oregon hike but have a million things to squeeze in... tall trees, moss, running water, and a water fall. It’s simple, but exciting. And it just feels really good the whole time... strong, rich energy. A perfect stop on the way to Timberline, Bend, or whatnot.

To call this a hike would be a bit of an exaggeration. Went on a Sunday in August and it was so packed it took us about 10 minutes to find a parking spot. Entire lake was full of people on floaties and kayaks and paddle boards, all of the beaches were loaded with people... Just not the place to be if you're looking for a peaceful hike. That being said, if being at a busy beach is your scene, it was a beautiful beach with an incredible view of Mt. Hood, but it wasn't my thing.

View is breathtaking

on Cascade Head Trail

4 days ago

Beautiful!! Totally worth it!

This was a moderate hike with a gradual ascend up to the lake. I was just up there yesterday and there are sooo many huckleberries along the trail. Too cloudy to see Mt. Hood but still a peaceful and beautiful lake.

One of my first few hikes being out in Oregon and this one did not disappoint. The whole hike is spaced out nicely with mirror lake and then spots of views on the trek from the lake to the top. As other people have mentioned, it appears the most popular end point is this false summit. But the top is amazing. On one side you are right in front of Mt Hood (and I believe you can see Mt St Hellen’s and Adams I’m not sure) and on the other you have a fantastic landscape. The hike to this point is pretty moderate with a little bit of rockiness in a few spots.

After this false summit spot the trail becomes more difficult and less travelled. There were a few times we were walking and realized that we had slightly gotten off the path. We only made it about 10 or so minutes past the false summit because we came to an edge with no clear alternative routes ahead. We weren’t sure if we just followed a wrong path or not so we turned back. This was the only bad thing. But going past the false summit has its own benefits, you can see mirror lake from above which is neat and there are cliffs that you can walk up to the edge.

Overall it was an amazing hike that I’d definitely do again in the spring when Hood has more snow. We got there at 11, parking was difficult but we found some. The trail was busy but for the most part it wasn’t bad. It took roughly 2 hours up and 1 hour or so down.

Beautiful!!

I did this hike September 2016 and did a sunrise hike. I left the trailhead at about 4 am and made it to the top with about 20 minutes to spare. It was a little scary because I hadn't done this hike before and didn't have enough lighting. I used a headlamp but also should have used a flashlight. Watching the sun rise behind Mt. Hood was a bucket list item for me and I'll never forget it. Once the sun was up I could see about five different mountains in the cascade range. Listening to the forest wake up was surreal. This hike will be tough to beat. I did it on a Wednesday morning and didn't see another person.

This hike is by far the my favourite mountain hike, ever. It is challenging, so be sure to have plenty of water and food. Here’s some advice that you might find helpful:
Bring trail running or hiking shoes, since most of the hike will be on sand/loose gravel; Wear sunscreen to avoid bug-bites, since they stopped attacking me when I layered every thirty minutes; Bring a few pairs of socks, because your shoes and socks will be full of ash and sand; wear pants to avoid plant scratches or tick fears for the first 2 miles. If you arrive before 9am, you’ll have a wonderful hike, since it does get hot. Further, park at the lot at the base of the Tilly Jane trail, since there is no fee associated with that lot, and you’ll see SO much more transitions in the geography and environment.

Beautiful- moderate hike. We carried a 1 and 3 year old plus lots of extras and it was great- not easy but doable. Lots of roots and some mud but easy to maneuver. Views are stunning and worth the work. Definitely on our list of hikes worth repeating

Really nice. Lots of up on the way to the lake.

Was lovely to be greeted and sent off by Mirror Lake. Seemed to be a bit of a false summit at the top in the rocks where 10-20 people were resting. Follow the app and forge on to the actual summit if you’re in it for the challenge and not just the lovely view of Hood. Could also see Jefferson off in the distance.

Get there early to avoid the crowd. A beautiful hike through the forest, around the lake, and up to the top. Hike on a clear day so that you get a good view of Mt Hood, and Mt Adams and Mt Jefferson.

Beautiful!

hiking
11 days ago

Great trail that offers fantastic views, birds, plants, and can be done easily in a light paced morning. Trail is very well developed and signed. Probably one of the more we’ll marked trails I’ve been on. I wanted to move fast for a good cardio workout but this trail begs you to move slow. For the views and for the slightly technical and wet trail. Once you get out of the plants the trail dries up. If you go later in the day, you have s better chance of no fog covering, however I enjoyed the fog.

Amazing hike! Best done on a clear day. I think it was closer to 6 miles and on the easy side of moderate. Happy National Summit Day!

Easiest “hike” I’ve ever done. Took me 10 mins to get there, 10 mins to look around and 5 mins go get back while typing this review. If you’re thinking about passing it by bc you’re not sure how long it will take or if it’s worth it. It is. Beautiful, lush, green, shaded. Follows the stream up. The road to get here is longer than the hike itself. You need a national forest pass to park. Tables for picnicking at the trailhead. Almost gave it 4 Stars bc it’s was crawling with people mostly children and older people at 4pm, understandably so.

hiking
17 days ago

This trail is well maintained and provides a beautiful view of the Oregon coast and back inland. Members of the group maintaining the trails were present and friendly in chatting with the day hikers. The top was also a great place to layout for a bit, have a picnic, or even have a moment of meditation. All in all, a wonderful Oregon coast trail.

hiking
18 days ago

Clean trails and beautiful hike. no dogs

hiking
19 days ago

Pleasant, well-shaded trail through forest that culminates with a lovely lake & great view of Mt. Hood.

Steady elevation gain to the top, but nothing dramatic. Many exposed roots & one short section across large, loose rock that could prove difficult for those with disabilities or nervous dogs. There are also two quite narrow wooden bridges. Mosquitoes noticeable around the lake area in July.

Get there early. Arrived at 9am on a summer Saturday & all trailhead parking was full. Had to park in the Skibowl parking lot down the road, which adds a very unpleasant extra mile (there & back) along the highway shoulder.

This trail forms the lower half of the Tom, Dick & Harry Mountain Trail (https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/oregon/tom-dick-and-harry-mountain-trail).

hiking
19 days ago

Came out to go backpacking, but once I got to the top I realized I probably wasn't going to be able to pitch a tent anywhere comfortably.

You are in the trees most of the way with a steady incline all the way to the top. Once there, the view is amazing.

One note for other hikers is that there were a lot of flies on the hike and especially at the top, so it would be good to be prepared for that.

Hiked TDH trail with my wife. It’s a steady up hill gradually getting steeper as you go. Bring plenty of water and some snacks to keep up energy. Once at the summit the view was priceless. To the north you see Mt Hood, Mt Adams & Mt Saint Helens. To the south Mt Jefferson. Get there early so you can get trailhead parking, otherwise tack on another mile walk along the highway 26.

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