After spending 4 days in Mt Hood, we were long over due for a fun hike. Down the road from where were staying was Mirror Lake. Even though it was foggy outside and we wouldn’t be able to see Mt. Hood once we were there, it was something we still wanted to see because regardless it was going to be gorgeous. It was a rainy outside so we took the shorter hike around Mirror Lake instead of going all the way to Tom, Dike and Harry Mountain. We started the hike off not knowing what we were getting ourselves into. I don’t know why, probably my lack of knowledge about mountains, but I thought a 1.5 hike to Mirror Lake would only take about an hour. It took us about double the time, but it was more than worth it. It wasn’t a difficult hike but since Quinn and I are amatuer hikers, there were a few things I would have done different. For beginners, we shouldn’t have gone during lunch time. We had eaten at Huckleberry Inn a few ours before but were starving on our hike which made us slow and groggy. No matter where we looked the scenery was amazing, that seemed to be an ongoing theme everywhere we were in Oregon. The sites just got better and better.
Another suggestion before starting your hike would be to start a GPS app so you know how long you’ve been walking. I had every intention of tracking our hike on my fitbit but the second I saw a waterfall my attention was diverted and I forgot.
The trail led us straight to Mirror Lake but it concerned me for a little while because there weren’t many markers telling us “Hey, you’re almost there” or “Keep walking, you just started”. I believe we only saw one sign when we first started and one sign right before we got to Mirror Lake.
Like I said before, the hike wasn’t difficult but there were parts that you really had to use your muscles and trek up some steep areas.
Bring a backpack with some necessities. If I were to do it all over again, I would bring a small snack like crackers, water, a camera, a small towel and a GPS device (phone or fitbit).
We were told that the trial was always packed so we were reluctant to go since it’s one small trail. Thankfully, since the weather wasn’t the best, not many people were on the trail. On our way up, we only saw one other couple that was coming down. I was more than thankful to see them because I was so curious when we were going to get to our final destination. They told us that we were on the last leg of the hike which gave me some will power to keep going.
Before we knew it, we had arrived at Mirror Lake and it was amazing. I wish we had packed a lunch so we could enjoy the view while we ate. We spent about 30 minutes walking around Mirror Lake and staring in awe at it’s beauty. Being at the lake gave us a new energy that we didn’t have before getting there. I only wish we were able to see Mt. Hood but the weather was not cooperating with us.
Our trip down the mountain was just as gorgeous as our trip up (and a whole lot easier). We took a few shortcuts that were probably risky but it was fun and made a few memories that we will never forget. There was one part of the hike that I was obsessed with. It was the most gorgeous view I have ever seen, nothing but nature and serenity. Our trip down the mountain was MUCH quicker than our hike up. On our way down, we saw many more people making the hike up. Every single one asked how much longer they had, so it seems like we weren’t the only ones not prepared. I’m so glad we squeezed the hike into our trip even though the weather didn’t want to cooperate. It was a highlight of my trip.
Mirror Lake is located on US Hwy 26 in Government Camp, Oregon.