Directions: The Mirror Lake Trailhead is located on the shoulder of Highway 26, two miles from Government Camp.
Starting up the trail you’ll soon come to a bridge crossing Mirror Creek, this hike was the fullest we’ve ever seen the creek. After the bridge you start the steady incline until you reach the lake. You’ll be gaining about 700 feet. The few views you get on the trail are a little better in the winter due to the trees without leaves.
Once you reach the lake there is a short trail that loops around it giving you a good view of Mt. Hood and different areas to hangout and relax. However, it was pretty cloudy and we could only see the very tip of Mt. Hood. So that’s something to think about if you’re hiking in the winter. It was also pretty cold. The temperature when we left Portland was about 46 but when we reached the Lake it was a chilly 35 and it’s pretty exposed so it was breezy. This is an out and back hike, so head back the way you came.
We’ve done this hike multiple times in the spring and summer and it’s ALWAYS packed full of people. That didn’t really change even though it’s mid-February. Everyone loves this hike, and for good reason, it’s beautiful year-round!
Distance: 3 miles
Elevation: 700 feet
Pet Friendly: Yes
Good For: Most ages- The elevation may not be best for older folks and younger kids.
Bathrooms: Not during the winter months.
Parking Fee: Yes a $5 NW Forest Pass
Seasons: All. Check for snow during winter months.
Overall: Great hike and a lovely view of Mt. Hood (when it’s not cloudy).