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The trail is covered in snow about half way up the trail. Crampons and poles recommended if planing to summit.

The trail is covered in snow and can be slippery in quite a few places. If you have spikes or crampons that would be best. Be prepared for the cold and wind with plenty of layers! Saw a lot of people hiking in the dark without headlamps/flashlights, if you’re going later in the day be ready for it to get dark fast on your way down. Gorgeous view at the top!

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25 days ago

Hiked on 11/18. Gate closed so u have to hike half mile to TH. No bathrooms, no parking fee. Took trip around the lake first which was quite serene. No sun, no views but lots of cool mushrooms, unusual tree roots

The last 5 miles to the trail head is slow. A 4 wheel vehicle is needed. I would say it’s more of an overnight camping spot for the amount of work to get there.

Beautiful view of Mt. Hood from the top, and a terrific spot for a picnic. When we hiked this trail back in March it had a lot of ice and snow, so I would recommend micro spikes and trekking poles. My only complaint is the lack of parking. We parked down at the ski area, and had to walk along the highway; Very unsafe.

hiking
27 days ago

This was a great trail, and the views of Mt. Hood in Burnt Lake were incredible. From Burnt Lake, we took the a Zigzag Mountain trail for more amazing views of Mt. Hood.

1 month ago

I give this 4.5 stars. Got on the trail about 3p, and took an hour and a half to climb up to the lake. Passed a handful of people hiking out, but pretty uncrowded for a beautiful Saturday. No one was hiking up after me, judging from my car being the lady in the lot when I hiked out. The multiple creeks on both sides of the trail, sometimes cascading down over the trail, serenade you the whole way up. Arrived to the lake just as the sun was setting on Mt. Hood, fading from a rich orange to a soft rose. The surface of the lake was still in the crisp, cold evening air, with no person or creature to interrupt the peace. I ended up watching the sun fully go down, then hiked out in the dark. Easy enough trail to do this, just make sure you have some light as it’s much darker down in the trees. It’d be fun to stay and watch the stars come out next time.

I didn’t see the cut off that this map shows to make it more of a triangle loop, so for me it was basically an out and back with a walk around the lake.

Very busy trail. Small parking lot with not many other options to park nearby. Great views of Mt. Hood and surrounding moutains

1 month ago

Absolutely Amazing when you reach the top!

Lovely new trailhead and bridges, much better parking situation though sure to draw even more weekend crowds but on this foggy Fall morning I had the trail to myself. A worker told me the Grand Opening for this new trailhead is this Friday Nov 9th. The new trail veers away from the highway fairly quickly, thankfully. Snow started at 4500' today. About an inch was covering the ridge (Tom, Dick and Harry) making things slick. Highly recommend having boot traction of some kind and trekking poles at this point.

Beautiful short hike with lovely views and dense forest along the way. Amazing reward at the top with a step back in time to the lookout cabin and a vista of mountain views.

the roadside trail head is closed permenantly. do not park on the roadside and walk over, there are trees intentionally blocking the trail at a few points. new trail head is at skibowl. There is a lot visable from the road and they were even nice enough to add some facilities

Beautiful hike! Most people had dogs on leash. There was one off leash that ambushed my dog despite me shouting "recall your dog" because owners had no control. Reactive dog owners beware, a lot of this hike is very narrow.
Great hike, very scenic everywhere

Completed August 12-13 2018
Camped Hiked up twice

Really nice, solidly moderate skill level, well-maintained trail with some terrific views of Mount Hood and, on a clearer day, many of the surrounding peaks. We arrived at around 10:00 am on a Tuesday and had no issues finding parking. As others have noted, we did not get a NW Park pass, as it is after Oct. 1.

Amazing views and absolutely stunning in the fall. A few things to note...

-The road to the trailhead gets a little rocky and rough. But there was a Miata parked up there,so my fear for the rental car quickly ended.
-At the top of the Top Spur trail, take a right towards another trail junction of about three trails.
-Take the second trail on the right marked with a Mt Hood wilderness sign on the tree. This is the best side to start the loop as you’ll be facing Mt Hood head on with excellent views while you walk.
-After you re-enter the forest and Mt Hood views are gone, you’ll come to another trail junction.
-Take the Cut Off trail if you’re looking to shorten the hike. Otherwise you’ll continue on the 38 mile Timberline Trail.
-The Cut Off trail is short and will you drop you back on to the other side of the the Timberline trail. You can take a left to get back to the major junction.
-You’ll continue heading down until you cut back left to descend the Top Spur Trail.

Enjoy!!

This is a pretty crowded trail (parking lot jam-packed at 2 on a Monday) and a decent hike with some great views. As others have said, the crowd thins after Mirror Lake. For me, I'd rate this hike on the easy side, and after doing other hikes around the area, I wouldn't drive the 3 hours roundtrip for this hike again. Still, if you're nearby, it's a quick way to see many peaks. As for the forest pass, on the government website it says the pass is only needed until Oct. 1st, so I didn't get one and had no issues.

A fun trail with a rewarding view! Just be sure to turn left at the pile of rocks near the top. Got tricked up there for a second ;). If you continue further down along the rocks at the summit you can find a nice little point away from most of the crowd

hiking
1 month ago

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

Really awesome trail with views, and so accessible being right off the highway for any car (forest pass required).

Definitely agree with other reviewers that it’s worth it to take the trail around mirror lake on your way up or back, up to you, and if it’s not too choppy you get an extra beautiful show.

Trail was super well maintained and wasn’t as busy as I expected on a Weds afternoon. Crowd thins after Mirror Lake (trailhead you park @ is Mirror Lake Trailhead). Gorgeous fall colors right now too!

This was such a fun hike! My friends and I are definitely not experienced but we were all physically capable of this hike. It was a bit more challenging than we had expected but we were still able to hike up and down in around 3-3 1/2 hours. Mirror lake was fun to stop and take some photos. We had beautiful weather. The views were spectacular! Will suggest and do this hike again!

amazing views! I'm so glad I went, and persevered until the top!

Absolutely worth the climb and the sweat to get to the top. Seeing 5 peaks was a lucky experience!!

Watch out for bees

good hike and views that are worth the climb.

The best part of the hike is the old growth forest, some really massive trees. The lake is rather unimpressive although clouds were covering Mt.Hood once we got to it

view is definitely worth it!

This hike is worth is every time (no matter the weather). It's a breathtaking view. I would highly suggest to loop around Mirror Lake then going up to Tom, Dick and Harry.

If you want a view of Mount Hood, definitely check the weather. I've been here four times and twice it was cloudy, but still worth the hike and the view.

**Get there before 8 if you want to park right at the trailhead. Also, you will need a NW Forest Pass (if you don't have the pass you will need to buy a $5 day pass, which you can't do at the trailhead so plan ahead). You will also need to park at the Mirror Lake Trailhead**

hiking
2 months ago

It was a little cloudy but no rain so that was nice. Did get a couple of bee stings on the hike so watch out for that!

Simply breathtaking at the top. The leaves are just starting to change, and it was pure loveliness all of the way up. Highly recommend.

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