Explore the most popular wildlife trails near Government Camp with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

The bugs were hard to get over. It was difficult to enjoy the hike while getting eaten alive.

A portion of the trail was closed due to construction. In June 2018. We followed others around the closed part and enjoyed the views. There were a lot of people fishing and swimming who appeared to be have a blast. Be sure to check availability for camping before you go. It was completely filled that week.

Nice walk to the lookout tower. No snow when I went, easy to follow and the views at the end are amazing. Check it out some time for sure!

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.

Very busy on the weekends, but beautiful view at the top. totally worth it.

Get there early if you want a parking spot. We got there just before 8am on the weekend and were able to get a spot next to the trailhead. Very pretty hike. Was bummed that the mountain was all socked in with cloud cover. Clouds broke just for a minute to get a parial view of the mountain pic when we got to the summit. Very busy trail but to be expected since it is right off the highway.

Loved the trail. Hated the parking.

Absolutely bring bug spray! I definitely fed more than a few mosquitos on this trip. But, this is absolutely worth it. The rhododendron are on their way out, but the other wild flowers are more than making up for it.

Do the loop around the lake to get the full experience. I made an earlier start than most- left the truck around 7:45 this morning and was joined by about 6-8 other people up at the summit. By the time I got back down around 11, it was a zoo at the parking lot and I passed about 30 people who were headed up. Get the early start for the best views and less people!

Climbed in from the Mirror Lake trailhead, kind of on accident ( we saw the signs and made a spur of the moment decision to hike up). Definitely a steep climb (about 2000 feet over 4 miles), but the terrain changes constantly making for amazing views every half mile or so. Potential for fabulous views of Mt Hood as you hug the hillside, then some beautiful young forest trails, and some craigy rocky terrain towards the top. We arrived around 8am, and when we reached the summit it was still in cloud cover. We'd brought snacks so we sat down to wait out the clouds. One other couple arrived while we were there but they hiked down shortly after. About an hour after we arrived the clouds cleared.
Spectacular views of the valley, the mountain, and Mirror Lake!

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

Easy for a morning Walk

The view from the top of the mountain was amazing on a clear, sunny day! We went on a weekday and arrived around 9am. We had to park about .75 miles up the road at the Skibowl and walk down to the trailhead. This was pretty easy to do but be mindful that you’ll have to walk back up it after you finish the hike. When we started out we encountered a few people on the trail. However, by the end of the hike, about three hours later, the trail was heavily trafficked. We’d recommend getting there early!

Been hiking here since I was young, always a great hike. Amazing view at the top (if weather allows), definitely worth the trip.

Awesome hike! Beginners and more expert hikers alike can enjoy. Arriving early helped us beat the crowds we saw pouring in as we were leaving. Passing the spot that seems like the summit and continuing on to the smaller outlook was worth it.

hiking
13 days ago

Got out here pretty early, which was a good decision since we got close parking and didn’t encounter too many other people on the way in. On the way out though, so many people.

Beautiful easy hike to the lake. It was pretty busy on the weekend, and ended up parking at skibowl because of limited parking. Not bad though!

Breathtaking!!!! Totally family friendly and worth taking all the way to Tom, Dick and Harry! Get ready for a spectacular view

Worth the view! Pretty easy hike just a bit rocky at the end, but accessible to post! Enjoy hiking!

on Trillium Lake Loop Trail

hiking
18 days ago

such a beautiful view of Mt Hood and a very easy loop trail.

This trail is a favorite. Loads of good look out views and the view at the top is to die for. Definitely recommend this hike.

Great family hike! Gradual, beautiful incline to the lake. Gorgeous lake, not as still for a reflection adv I'd like but still breathtaking view of Mount Hood and still slightly reflected in the lake. Hike back was all downhill...out and back

Great little day hike with wonderful photo ops along the way.

Great hike with a stunning view of Mt. Hood! It’s a pretty moderate incline for the most part with a segment near the top where there is more of a steep climb. There are many mosquitoes along the trail, especially once you are near Mirror Lake so bring bug spray or cover up your arms and legs! The parking lot can be crowded; we parked at Ski Bowl and walked back to the trailhead (adds another mile or so to the hike).

This is a great trailhead.. however there is an open rocky ledge that everyone stops at and doesn't really continue on. This is NOT the end of the trail, it goes for a good .4 to .6 mile more and you hike over a rocky ridge up and over to a higher viewpoint. Only 1 other couple we saw do this! It was warm, dusty and bring bug spray!

hiking
23 days ago

Beautiful lake. It was quite foggy so we saw the mountain on and off in the distance and we didn’t get to see much of the mirror but it was breathtaking either way! I would definitely recommend. It can get pretty steep on the way up and rocky so make sure to watch your footing.

Very easy, beautiful hike. What w wonderful view and reflection if Mount Hood!

This was a moderate hike with a beautiful lake and a reflection of Mount Hood. You might want to put on bug spray. The mosquitoes were pretty thick by the lake.
I was also amazed at the number of wild rhododendron flowers along the trail.

Nice shaded hike with a great view of Mt. Hood.

it was a good Hike but the kids get tired really easily... When you get to the spot it not as good when it like cloudy and rainy and you do not get to see mount hood... But on the way down its easy better than going up.

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