Climb Tom Dick and Harry Mountain

Oregon Mirror Lake Trailhead

Added by Dan Moe

  • Pass majestic Mirror Lake before ascending to Tom Dick and Harry, which offers a face-to-face view of Mt Hood, as well as far off St Helens, Rainier, Adams, and Jefferson
  • A highway accessible trailhead
  • Ease of this trail make it a great place to enjoy a sunset
  • In the winter, this trail is also doable as a snowshoe
  • Numerous campsites around Mirror Lake make this a great candidate for a kid's first backpacking trip, or a last minute campout in the woods!

Looking to score those iconic photos of Mt. Hood? Climb the well-graded trail to Tom Dick and Harry Mountain, one of the most accessible summit hikes to Portlanders, and see where they were all taken.

Starting from the busy Mirror Lake Trailhead, climb roughly 900 feet and 1.5 miles to Mirror Lake along one of the most popular and easily accessible trails in Oregon. There will be families, kids, dogs, old folks, and tourists from Omaha in their tennis shoes, but don't lose heart. There's a reason this hike is so popular. After 9 quick switchbacks, you'll hear the outlet stream from the lake just before walking along it. Don't stop. At the 1.5 mile mark, continue straight at a signed junction toward Tom Dick and Harry. The trail then climbs west away from Mirror Lake for a mile before reaching an enormous rock cairn and an arrow pointing to your hard left turn. Another half mile and a couple hundred feet of climbing and the trail open up into a talus summit, full of great slab stones to lay upon and enjoy the view. Return the way you came, making sure to circle Mirror Lake and enjoy the reflective views.

To get to the trailhead, head east out of Portland drive East on I-84 about 13 miles until you reach Exit 16 and take that towards US 26 East. Drive about 40 miles on the 26 and look for a turnout parking lot on the right hand side of the road. If you reach Government Camp, you've gone to far - go back about 1.5 miles and look for the turnout on the left side of the road.

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  • Water
  • Boots
  • Map
  • Picnic supplies
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Activities:

Backpacking, Camping, Chillin, Hiking, Photography, Running, Snowshoeing, Swimming

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

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Features:

Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Picnic Area
Romantic
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Swimming Hole
Waterfall
Wildflowers

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about 1 month ago

Panoramic Views of Mt Hood

Just 60 minutes from Portland, the trailhead was quite busy. However, most of these people seemed to be doing just the Mirror Lake trail. The hike to the summit is straightforward w/ a nice break at Mirror Lake about 1/2 way up. Once at the summit I was amazed at the Mt Hood view. Absolutely nothing between me and the mountain. It was a crystal clear day so I could see peak after peak (Mt Jefferson, Mt Washington, and possibly Mt Bachelor) across the horizon as well. Staying until Sunset made for a doozy of a hike down in the dark, but it was well worth it.

about 1 month ago

6 months ago

Great Sunset Spot

The view of Mt. Hood from Tom Dick and Harry is unparalleled! I did this as a sunset hike and brought a picnic. There are many places to lounge at the summit and I stayed until after sunset and watched the clouds turn pink around Mt. Hood. Don't forget to look behind you because the view in every direction is phenomenal. Also, don't forget a jacket as it can get windy up there!

6 months ago

over 1 year ago

Amazing views from a well graded, well maintained path. This was a nice short hike on our way back to Portland after a weekend camping on the mountain. Trail is heavily populated by both humans and their canines. The campsites around Mirror lake were nice, though daytime at the lake is quite loud due to the crowd.

over 1 year ago

Added by Dan Moe

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