Hike to Mirror Lake
Oregon › Mirror Lake Trailhead
Added by Mike Hathenbruck
- 2.1 mile out-and-back hike
- 700 foot elevation gain
- Amazing view and reflection of Mt. Hood
- Lake camping
- Quick hike for great photo opportunities,
- Easy access to the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness
I was out doing the Ramona Falls hike, and I decided that I needed to find a lake that provided me with a great view of Mt Hood. My first stop was Trillium Lake, but with that being a “drive up” lake, there were tons of people. Tons of people only means one thing…turbulent waters! As I was driving to Trillium, I remember passing the Mirror Lake trailhead, and decided that I’d head back there to see what it was all about. As I was getting ready to head up, I saw a couple exiting the trailhead, and I asked them how it was. They said that the waters were very calm, and the view was amazing…they even gave me some good spots for pics. I love friendly people.
This Hike is is only about a 2 mile round trip, but you gain about 700’ elevation in that one mile of uphill…so it can be a bugger if your legs aren’t quite up to it. The first part of the hike is quite mild, just a gradual uphill. Almost the entire trail has dense tree cover, so it’s pretty dark with a lot of spotty light popping through the trees. About half way up, it’s switchback after switchback. At one point in the switchbacks, the trees clear out, and you get a really good valley view…Great for sunsets! Alright…soon after the switchbacks, you’ll see a sign that says “campgrounds —> Loop <—“ The campground direction will get you to the good viewpoints, sooner, but they will both end up in the same place. I highly recommend you do the loop. One of my favorite things, other than the amazing view of Mt Hood, is the little boardwalk. To me, it just looks really cool sitting in nature, and…it will lead you to the good photo spots.
- Camera and gear
Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.
Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More
Spring, Summer, Autumn
Are we missing something?Suggest an edit
More Adventures Nearby
Hike to Susan Creek Falls
Oregon / Susan Creek Falls
This hike starts at the main parking lot about a mile away from the falls. The falls are accessed via a very easy, well graded trail developed and maintained by the Oregon BLM.
Hike to the Summit of Fuji Mountain
Oregon / Fuji Mountain Trailhead
Fuji Mountain has been known by mountain bikers for years, since it sits just off the circuit of popular biking routes around Waldo Lake and makes for a notoriously difficult climb on a bike.