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    Mirror Lake Trail

    Difficulty
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    Easy
    Duration
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    1.5-2h
    Distance
    This reflects the return distance of this route as measured by the GPS file.
    5.6 km
    Elevation
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    210 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    Mirror Lake Trail is a busy trail in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie Forest that features two lakes. The hike only requires 210 m of elevation gain, so it’s suitable for newer hikers, families, dogs, and most other adventurers. There are some sections that may be rooty or rocky, but overall the trip to the lakes is simple and enjoyable.

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    Route Description for Mirror Lake Trail

    Mirror Lake Trail is a fantastic quick hike that the whole family and newer hikers should be able to enjoy. It’s a favorite for locals with dogs, especially on a hot day. Try to plan your trip outside of peak weekend times if you’d prefer a quieter hike.

    The trail begins on the forest road, where you’ll park and walk the last of the road to the start of the hiking route where two trails merge into the Mirror Lake Trail.

    Cross the stream and skirt underneath Cottonwood Lake, heading to your left to wrap south towards the shore of mirror lake. An arm of the PCT connects here, but don’t bother following it in the opposite direction, as there’s nothing to see for quite some time in that direction. Take it south around the lakeshore, turning around where it begins to curve away from the lake and heading back to the trailhead the same way you came.

    Getting to the Mirror Lake Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Mirror Lake Trail is on National Forest Development Road 5480.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      No

    • When to do

      April-September

    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Yes

    • Route Signage

      Average

    • Crowd Levels

      High

    • Route Type

      Out and back

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