MIRROR LAKE TRAILHEAD RELOCATION PROJECT: This project is being managed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The Zigzag Ranger District of the Mt. Hood National Forest in cooperation with the FHWA and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), together known as the "Project Partners," are proposing to relocate the Mirror Lake Trailhead. Project Partners are proposing to relocate the parking area. The Proposed Action will include establishing a new parking area of similar size (approximately 50 spaces), building a trail connection from the new parking area to the existing Mirror Lake Trail, improvements to US 26 (turning lanes, intersection improvements) as deemed necessary, and restoring the existing parking area and section of trail to be abandoned once the new trail and parking area have been constructed.
This popular trailhead along Highway 26 leads to the Mirrot Lake Trail, which is 2.1 miles round-trip to the lake and has 700 feet of elevation change. Views of Mt. Hood from a small backcountry lake are a big draw for this trail. Mirror Lake is a classic glacial cirque lake. The steep slopes south and southwest of Mirror Lake are the glacier cirque headwall. Hiking up to Tom Dick and Harry Ridge is a more challenging hike with a view of the Cascade Range. This trail is heavily visited and is kid-friendly for the adventurous family.
PICNIC TABLE, TOILET, INTERPERTIVE SIGN, GARBAGE CAN. Capacity for more than 10 medium sized vehicles.
Note: Trailhead parking is closed from Nov. 1st -thru- Apr. 30th. This trailhead is neither a Sno-Park nor does it provide access to any designated winter trail.