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Mirror Lake Trail is very gradual and in excellent condition. The trail passes through a section of old growth forest, crosses a creek, and passes through two rock slide areas that offer good views. Mount Hood, Zigzag Mountain and Laurel Hill can be seen from a viewpoint at 0.7 miles. At 1.4 miles the trail forks, forming a loop around the lake. Turning right at the junction brings you to a day use area at the lake.

Traveling the half mile loop around the lake, hikers will notice many improvements such as log plank walkways and a stairway down to the lake. On the west side of the lake, the trail continues 1.6 miles farther to the top of Tom Dick Ridge which offers a magnificent view of the south side of Mount Hood. Wildflowers, including asters, paintbrush, rhododendron and cinquefoil are located in the meadow areas along the lake shore and on the trail to Tom Dick Ridge. Huckleberries can be found on the east side of the slope.

Directions: From Sandy: Travel east on Highway 26 one mile past Government Camp. Parking is available near the brown painted footbridge which indicates the start of the trail.

Seasonal Access: Normally Accessible: Spring-Fall

Facility Type: Trail

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