Mirror Lake Loop Trail

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Mirror Lake Loop Trail is a 4.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Government Camp, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
679 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

snow

A mellow and easy forest hike or snowshoe a little over a mile west of Government Camp. Easy and for everyone, this hike gets you to mirror lake and offers fantastic views of Mt. Hood.

27 minutes ago

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

hiking
21 hours ago

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

hiking
1 day ago

easy hike, gorgeous views at the lake. our dogs loved it too.

5 days ago

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

hiking
13 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!

26 days ago

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.

28 days ago

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.

1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

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!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice view but worth climbing up to the top.

hiking
1 month ago

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
1 month 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

hiking
1 month 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.

1 month ago

Great trail and fun but a little crowded. Lake is pretty cool - we went up to the summit; that was great.

Easy hike. Mirror Lake is beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

Relatively easy hike to the lake, which offered a one-of-a-kind view w/ the reflection of the Mt on the water. If you're up for it, I'd highly recommend going up Tom Dick and Harry Mt. It's well worth the time, distance, and incline for the breathtaking view at the top. All-in-all, I spent about 4 hours on the trail. As others have said, get there early, parking is slim.

1 month ago

Picturesque and easy.

2 months ago

Super popular trail, seriously the foot traffic.
I'm glad I did it at least once but that will be the last time.
Not a good first starter trail if you're not use to hills.
It only flattens out once you're almost to the smaller, clear lake itself.
Well kept up with trash&the maintenance but like I said-heavy traffic.

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely stunning. But pretty packed. Parking is tough so get an early start.

2 months ago

Headed up early. Nice quiet trail.

2 months ago

This is a great walk to do with young teens and people new to hiking. It’s not too long and there is elevation to get your heart rate up for anyone wanting a challenge. The view is spectacular and there are places to rest and have lunch. I cannot wait to bring more family members to enjoy this hike with.

2 months ago

This seems like a popular trail, but not overly crowded. There are some camp sites at the lake, and if you keep going to the top there are great views of the entire area.

hiking
2 months ago

If we had more time, we would have climbed Tom Dick and Harry, which is on same trail path. The loop trail itself is not quite 4 miles, but it is lovely. If comparing lake to lake, we preferred Veda Lake. However, access to Mirror Lake TH is right on highway. Get there early for parking and expect crowds.

2 months ago

Really nice. Lots of up on the way to the lake.

hiking
2 months ago

Pleasant, well-shaded trail through forest that culminates with a lovely lake & great view of Mt. Hood.

Steady elevation gain to the top, but nothing dramatic. Many exposed roots & one short section across large, loose rock that could prove difficult for those with disabilities or nervous dogs. There are also two quite narrow wooden bridges. Mosquitoes noticeable around the lake area in July.

Get there early. Arrived at 9am on a summer Saturday & all trailhead parking was full. Had to park in the Skibowl parking lot down the road, which adds a very unpleasant extra mile (there & back) along the highway shoulder.

This trail forms the lower half of the Tom, Dick & Harry Mountain Trail (https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/oregon/tom-dick-and-harry-mountain-trail).

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike. Steady incline and switchbacks. The lake is small but great views. The parking lot at the TH is small and does charge. But there is not a fee station there so bring a pass with you. Go early. Coming down around 10am there were steady hikers coming up the trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail! Well maintained and for as busy as we expected it to be based on the cars we didn’t really run into to many people on the trail. The lake was not what I would call a mirror but is was about noon and there were plenty of people enjoying the water. I’d love to do this again in the winter with snowshoes.

hiking
3 months ago

Loved the trail. Hated the parking.

hiking
3 months ago

Climbs pretty fast but well maintained and easy to follow trail, after a short climb you reach this beautiful and picturesque lake.

3 months ago

Easy for a morning Walk

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