The Mirror Lake Trailhead is located on the shoulder of Highway 26, just two miles before Government Camp.
At the trailhead cross the footbridge over Camp Creek and immediately head into the woods. You will be gaining roughly 700 feet of elevation, it’s not terribly steep, just a moderate but steady climb to the lake. You will soon be crossing another footbridge that takes you over Mirror Creek. We’ve done this hike 3 or 4 times and this was the only time we have seen Mirror Creek completely dry.
Keep hiking through the woods and you will eventually come to a rocky shale area. A short while later you will come to the first of 4 long switchbacks that take you up to the lake. After the switchbacks (at the one mile mark) you will come to a split in the trail. Going either way will take you to the lake. There are many places along the shore to sit, eat lunch, and enjoy the lake. To get back to your car, continue on another half mile around the lake and head back out the way you came. Make sure you stop at the South end of the lake where the boardwalk is, and take in the great view of Mt. Hood. Mirror Lake got it’s name from this very spot. The lake mirrors the mountain beautifully, making it a great picture taking opportunity. We did this hike on a particularly windy day, so we didn’t get the mirror effect, but every other time we have been able to see it.
If you’re feeling up for a longer hike there is a side trail along the lake that takes you to Tom Dick and Harry Mountain. The view at the top is one of our favorite in Oregon. Check out our post about it here.
Distance: 3 miles
Elevation: 700 feet
Pet Friendly: Yes
Good For: All ages
Bathrooms: Yes a portable toilet
Parking Fee: $5 NW Forest Pass
Seasons: Spring through fall
Overall: A nice hike to a pretty lake with a great view of Mt. Hood.