Mirror Lake Loop Trail

MODERATE 200 reviews
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Mirror Lake Loop Trail is a 4.2 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
4.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
767 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

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.

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3 days ago

The ridegline portion is completely worth the view of all 5 mountains on a clear day ( Hood, Rainier, Helens, Adams, Jefferson). And even though the ridge portion is longer than the lake portion, it goes pretty quick since there arent any switchbacks. very enjoyable besides the parking filling up quickly. Should not be rated as moderate, pretty easy!!

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9 days ago

10 days ago

Arrived on a Saturday at 8:30AM. Parking strip full so I parked at Skibowl down the road with no pass and charge, even used the bathroom there. Walked about a half mile on a path by the highway to the trailhead. Gorgeous, moderately trafficked trail. For the view, not as difficult as I thought it would be. Rocky spots, but not very steep, a light sweat (I'm athletic, but have asthma). The summit is beautiful and you can walk even further (and scramble some rocks) to get an even better view. On a clear day I saw 4 mountains. The lake also had the reflection of Mt. Hood.

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16 days ago

Very, very busy.

16 days ago

17 days ago

Doing the extra leg to the top gives amazing views to the 5 big peaks.

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20 days ago

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20 days ago

Super fun hike, although it is a bit steep and my friend who has asthma had a hard time. The view at the top was so worth it though!

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21 days ago

Such an amazing view! well worth the 4 miles up and down.

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21 days ago

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22 days ago

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22 days ago

Be wary, the length designation for this trail is incorrect. It's 1 mile to Mirror Lake from the trailhead, then once reaching the lake, it's an additional 1.9 miles to the ridge overlooking Mirror Lake. The loop around the lake is .4 miles. So, in total, if you hiked to the lake, did the loop, then hiked up to the ridge, you're looking at roughly 3.3 miles ONE way. Just hiking to the lake and doing the loop is 1.4 miles ONE way. Round trips can range anywhere between 2.8-6.6, depending on what portions you want to hike. I verified this information with the rangers at Zig Zag Ranger Station, which is also a great place to pick up trail maps for free.

Just for reference, what's currently pictured in red in the app is the 1 mile hike to the lake plus the loop, .4 miles, for a total of 1.4 miles ONE way.

Please note, you're required to have a hikers day pass before hitting the trail, which can be purchased at Zig Zag Ranger Station ($5). Alternatively, if you have a Federal Parks annual pass, that works too. Just pick up a plastic sheath from Zig Zag to hang it from your mirror.

Great hike btw. The ridegline portion is completely worth the view of all 5 mountains on a clear day ( Hood, Rainier, Helens, Adams, Jefferson). And even though the ridge portion is longer than the lake portion, it goes pretty quick since there arent any switchbacks. Expect an 1 hour of hiking for each portion (experienced hikers), longer if you are with children and/or move at a slower pace.

Parking at the trailhead goes quick, so either get there early (9am or earlier) or drive about 1 mile up the road from the trailhead and park at Ski Bowl. You can try parking along the shoulder near the trailhead, but it's all a no parking zone and you risk a hefty fine.

Hope all this info helps!

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22 days ago

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