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22 hours ago

This is a great hike close to town. as others have said the markings are not good/confusing. We really enjoyed it as I have been to the lake for many years and this is the first time I have seen some of these places.

Beautiful way to spend an afternoon in fall.

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.

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.

Amazing view!

Good hike. Unfortunately when we were there the smoke was blocking the views of Mt. Hood. The lake is beautiful however and it was warm enough to jump in and swim. Really easy hike as well. Follow all our adventures on Instagram @themicrotourists.

I can only speak to the upper trail, because the lower trail was closed when I went due to the falcon mating season, but I have to say that at least the upper trail is way overrated in my opinion. It is dominated by new growth trees and weeds - some pretty wildflowers mixed in, but mostly just weeds. Compared to most other trails in The Gorge, this trail is sorely lacking in aesthetic beauty.

You would think the views would more than make up for that, but it takes a couple miles of mundane switchbacks just to get to the first viewpoint, which is just above and practically identical to the view you get from the Cape Horn Lookout, which you can reach by simply pulling your car over on Route 14. Along the way, you will be enjoying the company of many other hikers talking loudly, on their phones, with their dogs, and see several bags of dog poop left behind by careless owners, and rude joggers who expect you to step off the trail so they don’t have to break their stride.

Even though I always welcome the opportunity to go hiking and get a nice view of the gorge, I couldn’t help but feel annoyed and underwhelmed after this one. Perhaps we should just leave this area to the falcons. Do yourself a favor and just pull over the Cape Horn Lookout off 14 instead, and go one one of the countless other amazing hikes in the area that are more beautiful and less crowded.

Wanted to check somewhere out closer to home. There were some lovely views along this hike...I loved the rushing water under the bridge. Overall I was trying to find Woodburn Falls but found it a bit confusing based on the signage. Never did find it but I still enjoyed my time. The trail had a lot of dog waste along the path and the paths were rockier than I anticipated.

This falls is well worth the hike!

trails are not marked besides trail head. and WARNING SPOTTED a cougar at the trail split at 745 am the other day

Some good view points. Start with upper and then loop your way down. You will pass a waterfall, and some rocky steep sections. Last mile or so is on a old country road.

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.

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

We found the trail easy beside the parking lot. The trail to the upper loop was fun to hike and beautiful. There are a few spots to rest that allow views of the Columbia river. We pushed a bit further across a road to the official upper loop and it was stunning. It was worth every step. We did not complete the loop by going to the lower section. I read not great reviews of the long walk back. We went back the way we came and the whole hike was perfect. Probably 4 Miles or so. ( that’s a guess )

Beautiful views. Clearly blazed or marked. Enjoy Redwood Deck. Hills are moderate.

cute small falls

hiking
18 days ago

Nice view but worth climbing up to the top.

Grew up walking on these trails! Peaceful and beautiful

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!).

hiking
23 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.

hiking
23 days ago

Alright view. Several viewpoints of the same thing.

It's my first time and I love it. will come back!

Easy trail, great for families and on-leash dog walking. Draw backs were how busy it was, and parking. Overall, a very nice walk.

hiking
28 days ago

Easy trail. Just a few switchbacks with gradual gain. Two nice vistas of Mt. Hood and some flowers still hanging around. Plan to revisit for fall colors.

VERY popular!

Easy to find path that goes around the whole lake. Many options to go down to the water for a swim or to take in a breathtaking view.

Such a blast! Hiked about a month ago towards the end of July. Moderately trafficked, very few people at the waterfall. You can scurry up to the mid-level pool of the waterfall for a dip in the water and/or go for a swim from the parking lot.

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