dogs on leash
The trail up to mirror lake is pretty easy going with plenty of switchbacks that the steep sections so great for families with kids! The lake itself is picturesque and makes the perfect place to stop for a snack or to just enjoy the scenery. After the lake it get a bit harder and most people don't seem to bring younger children any further but dogs still seem to do fine. The last leg past the sharp turn up tot he top is also fairly flat. Lots of people stop at the lake (which still makes for a good hike!) but the peak of Tom Dick and Harry offers one of the best and unobstructed views of Mt. Hood. Looking down on the small Mirror Lake you can really appreciate how fast you gained elevation! The peak itself is mostly rocks, with lots of flat rocks that are great for sitting and enjoying the view. It is also a great spot for some mountain top yoga! I personally prefer this trail during the summer, but it is stunning in the winter if you can access the trail head still!
One of my favorite trails, second only to Salmon River Trail which is only a short hike away.
Expect to see a lush old-growth forest with massive Douglas-firs (living, snags, and fallen), big leaf maples, black cottonwoods, western redcedars, reaching rhododendrons, and lots and lots of moss.
It's an all-season hike for those who enjoy winter weather, and I can't overstate how beautiful it is when covered with snow.
Since Old Salmon River Trail is a short trail, and if you enjoy longer hikes, I recommend coupling it with Salmon River Trail.
Easy hike and absolutely stunning views. I made it about 2/3 of the way and had to turn around due to a rushing river and a large, afraid dog. Will definitely go back when there's less snowmelt. Heard it's a fun place for a shallow dip in the water.
My husband and I moved to Oregon from Chicago back in March 2016. We are not avid hikers by any means and the Mirror Lake Loop was recommended to us by a co-worker. Once we completed that we continued on to the Tom Dick and Harry Mountain Trail and I am so happy we did! The surprise factor of the view gave me goosebumps! We went in July and it was a totally clear day. Some portions of the trail were a little freaky (again not an experienced hiker) with some rocky edges and narrow paths, but TOTALLY worth it. Definitely want to venture out more often!!
The first 3.3 miles are hell definitely worth it though