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.

hiking
2 days ago

Had no idea there was still this much snow and would be so few people. only saw 2 people on the whole trail. had thought this was heavily traveled and never been to the area so went in hiking boots and sneakers. some parts of the trail leading to the lake were a foot or two deep if you step in the wrong spot. up at the lake you might drop 3 or 4. luckily someone had snow shoed before us so we tried to use their tracks but it was very slow going and lots of falling through. very hard to find the trail around the lake, which is still frozen over and covered in snow. it was surprisingly challenging with trekking through such deep snow.

this place was absolutely mind blowing though and so serene without anyone else around. best hike ever.

also note you need to park at snow bowl and walk half a mile on the fairly dangerous highway.

1 month ago

We chose a beautiful day to snow shoe. Easy hike.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Love this hike all year round! Snowshoed yesterday and after all the snow this past weekend the trail is gorgeous! Brought two dogs with me who also had a blast. Parked at skibowl and walked along the road to get to the trailhead, which isn’t ideal, but it’s well worth it!

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Great hike but we parked at ski bowl, we weren’t sure if parking was closed or not by hike, some people parked there but there were no parking signs close.
We took of our snowshoes for most of the hike

hiking
2 months ago

Trail from the lake up to the mountain is completely snow covered.

3 months ago

Easy hike with lots of great views!

3 months ago

Beautiful! One of my favorites!

12/17/2017- Parking at the trailhead is closed. Closest parking is at lower ski bowl. Traction needed on trail and roads off of 26. Trail is mostly clear of snow to the lake, but lot's of slush. From lake to Tom Dick & Harry is 100% covered with snow and ice.

walking
4 months ago

This trail is a nice and easy stroll. Absolutely go in the Fall it's gorgeous. But the lake was dried up, I'd like to go again in spring when it's full.

4 months ago

Awesome! A bit crowded on on weekends with good weather, but very pretty.

hiking
4 months ago

A little mud, but hardly any snow on the trail! It’s a great time to hike this and an easy one if you have smaller dogs.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful with snowy sides and cute chipmunks , barely any other hikers at 2 pm saw only a few different people and their well behaved puppers. Cute trails and waterfalls /creeks hidden around bends.

hiking
5 months ago

Lots of snow today!! Highly suggest waterproof boots. Trail was slushy and muddy in some spots. But it was beautiful!! Everything looked like a Christmas card!

hiking
5 months ago

This is one of my favorite hikes! The trail leading up to the lake has a moderate incline, but it's a short distance. The view from the lake was breath taking and the lake was true to its name, a perfect mirror. I went on a Monday morning (October 16th) and had it to myself until 11:00. At that time the trail was snow covered at the higher elevations.

5 months ago

Short and nice end at the lake.

6 months ago

Nice hike but gets really crowded to Mirror Lake. Take the extra hike to Tom Dick and Harry. Less crowded and worth the climb to get the views.

6 months ago

My favorite hike in the Portland area! Beautiful and just the right balance of challenge and ease.

6 months ago

Fantastic hike with scenic views.

6 months ago

Peaceful and leisurely. Parking limited at trailhead, but a project is in the works to fix that. We parked at Ski Lodge and walked back up to trailhead on path between creek and road. Was no biggie at all on the way there, on the way back it felt longer. A minimal challenge going up hill, but still an easy rewarding 3 mile round trip trail. Continue on to Tom, Dick & Harry trail after arriving Mirror Lake, and keep hiking if looking for a longer hike.

7 months ago

Other than parking (I swear there is only about 7 parking spots at the trail head), this was really a wonderful hike. The hike up to the lake is switchbacks all the way up, but the loop around the lake is so wonderful. Because of the smoke from the wildfires, Mt Hood view was mostly obscured, but I imagined the beauty of the view on a clear day. The trail is very wide and well packed. We had some friends that wanted more of a strenuous hike and distance so they continued on to Tom Dick & Harry Mountain and they were not disappointed. We had to park about a mile away at Ski Bowl and that walk up the hill next to the highway was awful. Overall every enjoyable hike.

hiking
7 months ago

Awesome hike. Got lucky- there were no crowds and easy parking when I went but even if there were it would be worth it. Mirror lake is gorgeous and trail is easy. Hike up Tom Dick and Harry is a little more challenging but views at the top are worth it

hiking
7 months ago

Pretty trail. Got it with Tom Dick and Harry...oh and Amelia. Wah Wah. This is a popular hike, so don't expect solitude. Looks like camping there would be fun as well.

hiking
8 months ago

07/23/17. If you're motivated to enjoy the serene lake reflection of Mt. Hood, better plan to do this one very early. The trail is well maintained and easy, but also heavily traveled. Parking at the trailhead is limited to about twenty spots. I had to park over at Ski Bowl, which was about a mile west. The good thing is that there is a path to walk back toward the trailhead that is behind the highway guard rails and a safe distance from the traffic.

hiking
8 months ago

Be patient for parking. Fairly easy hike to a beautiful view!

8 months ago

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8 months ago

Short, easy hike with an amazing vie at the end. You need to stop for a $5 permit before you get there, or else you'll have to backtrack to Zigzag.

hiking
8 months ago

Great views of the river and waterfall but some dogs are not on leashes unfortunately and some places are a bit narrow and slippery. Also the turns are pretty scary at the 7 to 8 switchbacks so don't look down.

8 months ago

Great hike and fantastic views

8 months ago

Took my 3.5 and 5 year old and was not too difficult. Parking was full at 10am so had to park at the bowl which was not so much fun. Views from the lake were nice and the hike had a variety of things to keep the kids going.

hiking
8 months 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!!

9 months 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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