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3 days ago

Awesome hike yesterday! Go early. One very tiny patch of snow near the summit but it'll be melted soon. It gets VERY busy after 9am...Go left at the big pile of rocks to get to the summit. It's all uphill but it's not too bad. And the view is so worth it. Lots of mosquitos. Seemed like most people stopped at Mirror Lake but go all the way! It was completely clear and you could see every mountain. You won't regret it. I'd rate it as moderate.

Go on a clear day! You can see Jefferson, Hood, Adams, Rainier, and St.Helens. Mirror lake was slightly windy so there was no reflection on the way up or down. It is a moderate hike but worth every step. The first time I did this hike it was foggy and we could not see further than ten yards in front of us.

Definitely wait for a clear day to go. The view is pretty epic!

So pretty. The Oregon moss along the side of the river is so beautiful. Enjoy! Super easy trail.

Beautiful Hike- easy out and back. Different options for starting the hike.

07-June-2017...

I have completed the mirror lake portion of this hike more times than I care to admit. Though never fully summited before.

The trail today was muddy, sloshy, and somewhat muddled in direction. Though they stripped some of the bark on trees to mark the trail, the snow still covers quite a bit at the summit. Gorgeous view of (4) peaks today prior to the clouds rolling in. Pretty easy hike with excellent pay off at the top.

backpacking
21 days ago

Love this hike and wanted to go up to the top before sunrise but unfortunately too much snow as of Memorial Day. Got to the rock bed about half a mile up from mirror lake and had to turn around.

So beautiful! There are some steep areas but for the most part it's just leisurely walking. The forest is so lush, green and pretty. The trail mainly follows the river which sounds so relaxing and there are some beautiful spots to stop and take pictures of the river.

Beautiful! Full of old growth cedars and mushrooms (if the time is right!). Love this trail.