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    Mirror Lake Loop Trail

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    Moderate
    Duration
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    2-2.5h
    Distance
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    6.8 km
    Elevation
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    205 m
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    Mirror Lake Loop Trail

    The Mirror Lake Loop Trail is a spectacular day-hike in Mount Hood National Forest that climbs uphill through the tree cover to a charming lake. While out on the trail, you will steadily work your way uphill through the forest, eventually arriving at the shores of Mirror Lake for an incredible view looking out onto Mount Hood. This is an exceptional adventure if you are short on time but still want to experience the beauty of the outdoors!

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    Route Description for Mirror Lake Loop Trail

    While Mirror Lake itself is quite scenic, the majority of the Mirror Lake Loop Trail passes through dense forest, limiting the views throughout the hike. Additionally, the trail can become covered with snow/ice in the early and late parts of the hiking season, so be sure to bring crampons for better footing.

    Even though the middle portion of the hike could be more scenic, the Mirror Lake Loop Trail is an amazing adventure for the entire family. Take your time enjoying the peaceful atmosphere of the forest, breathing in the fresh air as you climb uphill to the shores of Mirror Lake and the incredible viewpoint looking out onto Mount Hood. If you are after a straightforward day hike with beautiful views of the Oregon landscape, then you’ve certainly found one!

    Setting out from the west end of the Mt. Hood Skibowl parking lot, you will pick up the Mirror Lake Loop Trail and follow it west into the tree cover. After a few initial switchbacks, the trail will steadily climb uphill through the woodland landscape.

    Following the trail as it bends south, you will quickly begin to gain elevation to eventually break free of the tree cover at the shores of Mirror Lake. At this point you can follow the path in either direction around the water’s edge, although for the sake of this guide we went counterclockwise.

    Looping around Mirror Lake, you will pass by a viewpoint overlooking the water, before arriving at a gorgeous viewpoint that looks out onto Mount Hood to the northeast. After completing the circuit, simply follow the same path back downhill to arrive at the parking lot where you started the Mirror Lake Loop Trail.

    For those seeking another hiking adventure in the area, the Trillium Lake Loop Trail is another great option that the entire family will enjoy.

    Trail Highlights

    Mount Hood

    Situated in the Cascade Volcanic Arc, Mount Hood is a stratovolcano that is potentially active - with a 3-7% chance of erupting within the next 30 years. Mount Hood is also the tallest peak within the state of Oregon, standing tall at 3,429 m. The imposing snow-capped peak is an iconic geographic feature in the area, lending its name to the surrounding Mount Hood National Forest, which is a popular outdoor recreation area featuring over 1000 miles of trails.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can you swim in Mirror Lake?

    Yes, swimming is allowed in Mirror Lake, although you might only want to do so in the summer months when the water is warmest!

    Are dogs permitted on the Mirror Lake Loop Trail?

    Yes, dogs are allowed on the Mirror Lake Loop Trail, as long as they are kept on a leash.

    Insider Hints for Mirror Lake Loop Trail

    • Wear proper hiking footwear for this adventure.
    • Arrive early in order to secure parking.
    • Head across the parking lot to the Mt. Hood Skibowl to find amenities, such as restaurants, toilets, and an ATM.

    Getting to the Mirror Lake Loop Trail Trailhead

    The starting point for the Mirror Lake Loop Trail can be found next to the Mt Hood Skibowl Parking Lot on Mt Hood Highway/US 26.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      No

    • When to do

      May-October

    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Yes

    • Route Signage

      Average

    • Crowd Levels

      High

    • Route Type

      Lollipop

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