This hike is 4 miles (round trip) from Mirror Lake, 6 miles total from the trailhead.
You will be gaining a little over 1,700 feet. This is a pretty steep and sometimes difficult hike, but the view at the top is definitely worth it!
From Mirror Lake take the side trail at the South end of the lake. There is a sign nailed to a tree.
The trail is lined with Rhododendrons and huckleberry bushes and climbs steeply. You will soon come to a rockslide area that has great views of Mt. Hood. Keep climbing until you come to a giant rock pile where the trail turns sharply (almost a switchback) and flattens out a bit. Continue hiking (and enjoying the easier grade) for about a half mile. From here you will notice the trail getting much steeper again but you will be able to see the summit so it makes it much easier. Climb the loose rock to the top and take in the amazing views! Mt. Hood and Mirror Lake dominate the view, but on a clear day you will also be able to see Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams and Mt. Jefferson. You are also able to see Government Camp and Skibowl. It’s pretty breezy and narrow up top but there are plenty of places to sit and relax before heading back to the lake. This is an out and back hike, so head back the way you came.
Distance: 6 miles (moderate)
Elevation: 1,700 feet (hard)
Pet Friendly: Yes
Good For: This is a pretty steep hike and may not be best for younger kids and older folks.
Bathrooms: Yes a portable toilet
Parking Fee: NW Forest Pass
Seasons: Spring to mid fall