Mirror Lake Loop Trail

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Mount Hood National Forest

Mirror Lake Loop Trail is a 3.7 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: 3.7 miles Elevation Gain: 646 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

partially paved

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

over grown

snow

A mellow and easy forest hike or snowshoe a little over a mile west of Government Camp. This hike gets you to Mirror Lake and offers fantastic views of Mt. Hood.

A few trees down on the way to mirror lake, the rest was a steady incline to a wonderful view. As of today (5/31) the parking lot was open.

I would recommend this trail to anyone, it’s one of my favorites! It’s a very gradual uphill to the top and offers good tree shade covering. There are patches of snow closer to the top that make it a bit slippery, but hiking/tennis shoes are decent enough to wear! Great for dogs and also manageable for kids!

hiking
5 days ago

Parked on the side of the road! Beautiful view of mount hood on a sunny day! Great for dogs. No issues. Good bit of people

hiking
snow
6 days ago

Great day. A little rain and fog but nice to be in the forest.

hiking
snow
7 days ago

hiking
closed
snow
18 days ago

Great trail, went on 5/13. The parking lot is closed but we parked at Govenment camp and added a couple extra miles to the trail. There is still about 3 feet of snow in a lot of the areas throughout the trail! It’s hard snow so you are not going through it, we got through it with regular tennis shoes. Mirror lake is beautiful!!!!!! We didn’t get to see the Mt. Hood in the background due to cloudiness, but it was still worthwhile. Plenty of spots that take you to great viewing areas. There’s one part of the loop around the lake that has wooden planks for walking on, they are loose and sinks you into the water a little...so prepare yourself for a little wet feet! :)

hiking
muddy
snow
20 days ago

5/10/2020 Great trail, even with there still being snow in spots the trail was still hikeable with just hiking boots. Plenty of bridges to cross and a great view of Mt Hood and a rock face on there opposite side (I believe it is Tom Dick Harry mtn). A portion of the loop around there lake is floating boards so where waterproof boots or move fast. Overall a rewarding hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely loved this trail, which I took during a trip to Oregon in the beginning of March. It was a little winter-wonderland and quite easy. Hardest part for us was the deeper snow (about knee deep) near the lake. We were able to make it just fine in regular snow boots as opposed to snow-shoes. Be mindful that if you are new to the area and driving, you’ll need to have tire chains in your vehicle whether you need them or not, or you can be fined if pulled over and you do not have any. Assuming this is just a safety precaution as you approach Mount Hood, which can probably get pretty snowy in the winter months. Not sure if this is a requirement year-round. Such a beautiful hike, especially down by the lake. All the trees and snow-coverage was so pretty. Only a little disappointed because clouds were hiding Mount Hood so we did not get that amazing view of it. Otherwise, super rewarding hike.

hiking
icy
snow
2 months ago

a lovely snowy walk, a few parts are a little dicey, but my husband and I were able to make it in just our hiking boots

hiking
icy
snow
2 months ago

March 18, 2020, Snowshoe helped a lot but microspikes would have worked too. The switchbacks were icy, would be very challenging with regular shoes. Lake is covered in snow so no mirror effect. Beautiful, shaded forest most of the way and nice open space at the lake with softer snow.

hiking
2 months ago

We hiked on 3/20/20, beautiful day to get some fresh air. The conditions were packed and quite slippery snow. We had snow shoes which were great. I think micro spikes would be great too. Many hikers were out with just tennis shoes or hiking shoes and they slipped/scrambled the entire route. Dogs loved the forest smells. No view of mount hood, and the lake is covered with ice. But a well worth it adventure.

hiking
icy
2 months ago

3/18/20- Great day in the woods, and much needed break from the media. Parking lot was empty at 11:00 am. Trail was packed snow, icy in many spots. Opted for yack tracks with hiking boots as opposed to snow shoes and that worked great. Could have used snow shoes for the loop around the lake where the snow was much deeper. Saw a few other people with snow shoes, skis, snow boards and regular tennis shoes (not recommended!)

snowshoeing
icy
snow
2 months ago

icy
snow
2 months ago

Complete the hike after the Friday snow and found packed snow and ice. Micro spikes are all that's NEEDED! Snow shoes will work but a over kill, can be fun to pack up with and use at the lake. We wore a base layer under hiking pants, same with a long sleeve shirt and down vest, and gloves. Packed a outer layer jacket. Bring sunglasses

hiking
icy
snow
2 months ago

snowshoeing
icy
2 months ago

snowshoes were not required today but were helpful for the steeper climbs. lots of people and dogs today. wish there was a view of Hood yodahbut it was just bit too cloudy

hiking
icy
snow
2 months ago

Great Hiking, the place was espectacular, great view at the lake.

snowshoeing
snow
3 months ago

We went Saturday 2/29 and it was snowing, so it was very pretty. We saw a decent number of people without snowshoes so they probably aren’t necessary, but we wore ours the whole time and I am very glad we did. It was our first time snowshoeing so I would definitely say this is beginner friendly. The lake was completely frozen over so don’t expect to see a glassy blue lake this time of year. There’s also not consistent inclines—there’s a distinct part of the trek with switchbacks and a distinct part without. But not too bad all in all. Note: you do need a sno park pass for the parking lot, but you can buy them online or even at the Thriftway in Welches 15 minutes west of government camp. I agree with the “moderate” designation.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful and never disappoints. Easy. Packed snow and used micro spikes because slippery in spots.

hiking
snow
3 months ago

Went up Sunday 2/23. Snow shoes not really necessary and the stormy weather kept the crowds away. Trail was still pretty packed even with the lighter traffic. Didn’t go beyond the lake, but would recommend snow shoes if you do venture beyond the lake. Good hike for the beginner and first time snowshoeing.

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hiking
snow
3 months ago

hiking
snow
3 months ago

As the other reviews say you dont really need snowshoes until past the lake (after the lake I post-holed every 10 ft or so). We ran out of time to go to TD&H peak but others said that the trail was snowed in forcing them to turn back as they were not confident blazing the trail on their own. Be careful if you venture beyond the lake to the peak!

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