Mt. Hood: Mirror Lake to Tom Dick Harry Mountain

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!!

Keith

Additional Info for all hikes, from Joanne - organizer:

10 Essentials (always a good idea to bring)

  1. Whistle
  2. lighter/waterproof matchesfire starter
  3. Map
  4. Compass (optionally supplemented with a GPS receiver)
  5. Knife
  6. Extra food and water (energy bar or gel)
  7. Extra clothes (hat, socks, gloves)
  8. Headlamp (outdoor)/ flashlight - (with extra bulb and batteries)
  9. First aid kit - it is a smart item to carry.
  10. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Keith W.

    Hey, all! I finally got my pictures uploaded. Thanks again to everyone who made this a great trip.

    July 25, 2013

  • becky r.

    Nothing less than totally spectacular!

    July 8, 2013

  • Heather A.

    Today was totally awesome, thanks to everyone who came out and made it such a wonderful trip! For those of you who were wondering what kinds of butterflies we saw at the top of the mountain today, the white and orange butterfly was a type of checkerspot butterfly, most likely Edith's Checkerspot, while the yellow and black butterfly was an Oregon Swallowtail.

    2 · July 6, 2013

    • Tiffany

      Nice meeting you, Heather!

      1 · July 6, 2013

    • Heather A.

      Thanks Tiffany it was great meeting you too! And thanks Keith for putting on such a fantastic trip!

      July 7, 2013

  • Melissa M.

    So much fun.

    July 6, 2013

  • Jay

    Great hike, great company, awesome day~!

    July 6, 2013

  • Tiffany

    I really loved the hike and the company today. See you outside!

    July 6, 2013

  • Melissa M.

    Hello everyone. Today was great!!!! I don't know how to message just Becky but she forgot her reading glasses in my car. Call me and I can arrange to get them back to you.
    Melissa[masked]

    July 6, 2013

  • Keith W.

    A glorious day and a phenomenal crew! Thanks to everyone for being on time and making a great day of it; especially our two sweeps on the hike.

    2 · July 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It WAS a glorious day and a wonderful way to get out and be in some nature. I enjoyed meeting everyone and hope to see you again on a future hike.

      July 6, 2013

  • Udhay

    Keith, I am in wait list and RSVP not working to say Yes, can I join?

    July 6, 2013

    • Keith W.

      Udhay: The RSVPs closed at 6AM. I'll put you on the list. You'll get an e-mail shortly. Keith

      July 6, 2013

  • Tim

    Rats! I woke up feeling sick. I hope someone can take my space.

    July 6, 2013

  • Rick C.

    Will be taking MAX from downtown (arriving at 7:53) and needing to carpool w/someone. Thanks!

    July 5, 2013

    • Keith W.

      Rick: Usually no problem - we'll have several people who will be willing to drive.

      July 5, 2013

  • Rick C.

    Hi - I'm in Portland for the summer - working for Planned Parenthood/NARAL. Love the city and Portlandians -- this hike looks like icing on the cake for a newbie!

    July 5, 2013

  • C.C.

    I plan on going but have to be back to Portland before 4pm. So I will meet you all at the transit center but will be sure to drive my car up there. Anyone is free to ride with me if they want to come back when I do.

    July 5, 2013

  • Melissa M.

    Very excited!

    1 · July 5, 2013

  • Lauren

    Too large

    July 3, 2013

  • Charroll

    Are there going to be any weekday hikes this summer? All I see on the calendar is Bike 4 Humanity.

    July 1, 2013

    • Keith W.

      Charroll: Yes, I've done once or twice this spring. Probably something in the coast range, like Elk Mtn., King mountain, or saddle mountain.

      July 2, 2013

  • Monica O.

    I just did this hike today. It was gorgeous with tons of wild flowers. We went to Tom, Dick and Harry. The views of Hood we're amazing. Enjoy!

    1 · June 29, 2013

    • Keith W.

      Glad you had a great time on this hike and thanks for the info.

      June 30, 2013

    • Monica O.

      We actually didn't realize that Tom, Dick and Harry was the one peak and went to the two that went beyond the first, thinking they were Dick and Harry. There were great views, it was a bit tricky to follow but really fun!

      June 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone, my first trip to Mt. Hood and looking forward to meeting everyone. New to the area -- can anyone advise what the temperatures will be like to help me dress appropriately? Thanks!

    June 29, 2013

    • Keith W.

      Mary: First, welcome to you and your husband to Portland. According the weather channel, the forecast for Government Camp, OR will start at 50 deg. and have a high of 70 deg that day. This is 13 degrees colder than the forecast for Portland the same day; partially because we'll be about 4,000 feet higher elevation. Plan for a LOT of high UV sunshine.

      June 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Keith! Wasn't sure how much colder it got up on the mountain. Sounds like a GORGEOUS day for this hike!

      June 30, 2013

  • becky r.

    Looked for the liability waver to sign but couldn't find it. I can usually figure things out - computer-wise. Not his time.

    1 · June 29, 2013

    • Keith W.

      Becky: Just below the "Portland Outdoor Adventurers Club" banner are several smaller hotlinks. Click on the "pages" link. At the bottom of that page are the Liability waiver and the RSVP policy so you can see what the requirements are. You've already agreed to them, but for anyone else who's having trouble making this happen: To say "yes" to them, click on the 'members' hotlink, then click on your individual profile, click 'edit profile' and say yes to each of the first two profile questions.

      June 30, 2013

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