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56 minutes ago

This scenic trail is easily accessible (once you find parking!) and provides a very scenic hike. Fairly busy, keep dogs on leash, use proper trail etiquette.

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

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!

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

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.

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!

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

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

Went solo on this trip the last week in September in 9 days/8 nights. One needs a permit and there is an easy system to sign up on-line either through a lottery system in March or there are walk-up intermarry possibilities if one has a flexible schedule. Also, routes can either be clock-wise or counter clock-wise in layout. The hike could be comfortably be done in 7 days/6 nights from a mileage perspective. I would rate this as 'hard' but not that 'difficult' in that there is +/- 25,000 ft. of elevation gain and loss for the whole hike, 2k-3K per day on average. It is hard as there is so much up and down. Hiking poles for me were a must. It is not difficult in that it is, during the summer months, a heavily traveled trek and the trails are generally well maintained and easy to follow forest paths. Each day you at going up and down at least one major 2K+ foot section between camps. With side-trips, the 93- 96 mile trek easily ends up over 100+ miles. I took the alternative 'Spray' trail in the northwest as this route is higher up, with closer views of the mountain. There are mountain goats, elk, dear and bear and, the ever present marmots. The weather cooperated, for the most part - 4 days of sunshine, 3 days of overcast, 1 day of rain and 1 day of snow (at 6,000 ft.). The temperature was in the 50s during the day which made for excellent hiking conditions, without overheating. There were no bugs and few people in the camp sites in late September. One is rewarded throughout with spectacular views of the mountain, hills, valleys and rivers as well as different scenery on each day as one heads through different sections and climate zones. In late September, the colors of the bushes change to fiery reds, oranges, yellows and purples - all providing a stark contrast to the bare mountain terrain they grow on. The Wonderland Trail takes one through barren outcrops, subalpine meadows, old growth forests, 'burned' out sections that are regenerating, talus fields and, of course, raging glacial river valleys which leave their silty/rocky deposits below. It is 'hard' because of the elevation gains and losses. All bridges were in place and markers in riverbeds were easy to spot as one navigated low lying sections. I enjoyed the campsites as they all have backcountry privies that are convenient and bear poles for your food/trash at night. In late September, there are few that you are sharing with. One of the pluses for this type of hike is that in each corner of the park, there are cache points to pre-stage food if you choose not to carry it all with you. Further, all campsites, save one, had stream, lake or other water sources near by so water for cooking and drinking was not a problem. Few trails of this length are as well laid out and maintained, with spectacular scenery, and this is the grand daddy of them all. Take the time - it is worth it.

hiking
15 days ago

First time hikers with a 9 yr old and a pregnant lady. It was rainy and overcast but was still lovely. Maybe we’re just optimists, but nothing ruined our hike!

good hike and views that are worth the climb.

hiking
18 days ago

Lots of places to get on and off the trail. it was busy but still very nice.

view is definitely worth it!

Beautiful trail to backpack in the fall. The leaves are vibrant and less people on the trail!

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**

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

hiking
25 days ago

Great hike, could easily see MSH, Rainer, Adams, Hood and Jefferson on this bluebird day.

Great Trail..

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.

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.

backpacking
1 month ago

Did this as a 9-day through hike with my wife last month. Absolutely amazing! We liked it better than the Timberline Trail around Mt. Hood. So many amazing viewpoints of the mountain and the flowers were plentiful. Beautiful lakes and subalpine meadows. Our favorite area was the Ohanapecosh valley and Indian Bar. Klapatche, St. Andrew’s Lake, and Summerland were amazing too. Pack light and use the food cache areas to make this challenging hike more enjoyable.

just finished a 4 day run with my cousin. Awesome views, some nasty weather at times, but a really incredible experience

lots of people but great entry level backpacking

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

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.

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