This is a fun little hike I usually do in snow shoes, so it's been a while since I've seen this without it's blanket of white. In the summer, the lake is (obviously) open and you can sometimes get a great reflection of Mt. Hood.
Here is the trail description from NW Hiker.
Length: 6.4 mile loop
Elevation Change: 1,600 foot elevation gain
Season: Late Spring thru late summer
Difficulty: Challenging (personally, I don't consider it 'challenging' if you're in decent to good shape, but if all you've done is "hike" from your car to the front of your building, then, yeah, it'll be challenging. As always YMMV).
NOTE:You can always stop at mirror lake and we can "pick you back up" as we circle back. It's usually a stunning view of Mt. Hood from Mirror Lake and there are (at least used to be) some picnic tables.
Permit: NW Forest Pass Required for parking.
Features: This hike begins at the highway 26 Mirror Lake trail head. Most of the hike wanders through dense forest. There are only a couple areas where you can view the surrounding mountains and valleys until you reach the lake itself. Just before Mirror Lake you intersect the loop trail that goes around Mirror Lake. Keep to the right and you will pass by the north side of the lake. Once again, you must bear right to avoid following the loop trail. The trail to the top of Tom Dick and Harry Mtn climbs gently over the next mile with exceptional vistas of Mt Hood and the surrounding valleys. When you reach the ridge top, a large pile of rocks will greet you. The trail turns sharply to the left and wanders through a scrub forest. About a third of a mile before the summit, the trail begins to climb steeply over rocky terrain. Upon reaching the top, you are treated to one of the best vistas in the entire Mt Hood National Forest. During season the flowers are abundant. This hike is one of the very best and of course quite popular.
More info can be found at: http://www.portlandhikersfieldguide.org/wiki/Tom_Dick_and_Harry_Mountain_Hike
Oh, and just a couple more things; ya gotta sign the waiver -and- agree to the RSVP policy....
All members must read and accept the Liability Waiver-Assume Risk-Indemnify- Club Rules policy (click on "about us" to locate). Then on your personal page for this group (click on the "members" tab, then on your profile) if you haven't agreed to them, click on 'edit' and change the answers to yes. Hey, Joanne's a slave driver!! Ever seen her mad? Uff Da!!
See you on the 6th!!
Additional Info for all hikes, from Joanne - organizer:
10 Essentials (always a good idea to bring)
- lighter/waterproof matches & fire starter
- Compass (optionally supplemented with a GPS receiver)
- Extra food and water (energy bar or gel)
- Extra clothes (hat, socks, gloves)
- Headlamp (outdoor)/ flashlight - (with extra bulb and batteries)
- First aid kit - it is a smart item to carry.
- Emergency shelter (solar blanket, garbage bag, tarp)
Carpooling to Trail head: Carpools normally form at the Gateway parking garage where we will meet before the hike. If you prefer to carpool with others to Gateway, please feel free to use the comments section for this event to let people know and make arrangements.
CARPOOLING: Suggested mileage donation of 15 cents/mile/person or $12-$15 for this 110 mile round trip. Exact change makes it easier for you and your drivers. No one will be turned away for inability to contribute. Thanks!
Notice about the waiting list: The waiting list is manual for this hike which means that you won't be automatically placed on the trip when a spot opens up. In fact anyone can grab an open spot. To give those of you on the waiting list a better chance to grab a spot, as soon as I see the opening I will send an e-mail to all wait-listed folks. The first person that responds by grabbing the spot gets on the trip. If you are not successful on finding a spot on this trip, I want to thank you for your interest and encourage you to check back for future hikes. Remember that we are always looking for new event leaders so that more people can have opportunities to participate. Let us know if you want to volunteer to lead an event!
NO GUESTS PLEASE! only group members are allowed to RSVP, so if you want someone to join you have them join our meetup group and RSVP for this event under their own name.
Everyone must agree to the Group's Liability Agreement/Waiver. Your profile must show that you have read and agreed and you will sign a paper copy at the start of the event. If you need to fix your profile, there are step-by-step instructions on the Discussion board for this group - second message from the top. People who sign up without the necessary agreement in their profile will be removed from the trip.
As always, please don't say 'yes' and then not show up. That's just bad manners. After all, your parents taught you better than that.