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Mirror Lake and Tom Dick and Harry Mountain

Distance: 6.4 miles Round Trip

Elevation gain: 1500 feet

Difficulty: Moderate

Pace: Moderate 2-2.5 mph.  We will take a nice long lunch break at the summit.

This well-graded trail takes you past picture-postcard views of Mount Hood and rugged Tom Dick and Harry Mountain, towering above Mirror Lake. The trail starts at a waterfall, proceeds through a deep forest, and partially circles Mirror Lake, which on still days affords fantastic reflections of now snow-clad Mt. Hood for the photographers. The route continues through forest and rhododendrons, before reaching the steep north slopes of Tom Dick and Harry Mountain. This section of trail features clear views of Highway 26, far below, as well as Mount Hood and the Zigzag Mountain high country. The trail continues along this slope, gradually climbing to a broad crest, where the world’s largest rock cairn at 2.5 miles marks a switchback toward the summit. From the cairn, we will continue at an easy grade along the ridgetop through open lodgepole forest for a half mile before reaching a steep, more rocky section of trail as you near the West Summit of Tom Dick and Harry Mountain. Due to the rocky nature of the trail once past Mirror Lake, sturdy hiking boots are required.

The final pitch is up an open rocky crest, where the view is dominated by Mount Hood and Mirror Lake, far below. The view also includes Mount Jefferson to the south, and the high, wild ridge tops of the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness to the southwest. The village of Government Camp and Timberline Lodge are also visible from this airy viewpoint. We will then re-trace our steps back to the trailhead.

What to bring:  Definitely your camera for Mirror Lake and Mt. Hood shots, 2 liters of water, lunch or a snack, and extra clothing so you can add layers for warmth.  It can be windy up there!

Be sure to have the Ten Essentials with you, including a waterproof shell, headlamp and a whistle.

Total driving distance round trip is about 104 miles.  If you carpool, please give your driver $10 for gas.  A NW Forest Pass is required for parking.  (I will be able to drive.) 



If you plan to drive, please arrive at Gateway with enough gas for the trip and ready to leave at 8:30 AM. If we leave promptly at 8:30, we should beat any weekend crowding on this trail. We should be back at Gateway by 3:30 PM if we don’t stop for a snack.

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  • Robert L.

    Nice route. Perfect weather. Great lead.

    October 27, 2013

  • David

    Likewise. Great groups of people, nice hike. Aloha

    October 27, 2013

  • Richard

    Great to meet everyone! Beautiful day + hike

    October 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome hike, it was nice to meet you all! Thanks Tom for organizing!

    October 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You can really see the hang-glider in your last photo!!

      October 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yep!

      October 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great group of hikers, lots of fun!

    October 26, 2013

  • Duncan

    lovely! quality people, beautiful sunshine, amazing views :)

    October 26, 2013

  • Robert L.

    Great hike. Perfect day.

    October 26, 2013

  • aibin l.

    Family memeber sick today. I am afraid I had cancel the trip. Sorry for late notice

    October 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well, no one amended their RSVP status, so I assume all will show at the Gateway Park and Ride tomorrow morning. If you are on the waitlist, I'd suggest checking this site at 7 AM to see if any spots opened.

    A quick word on the pace. This is visually stunning trail, with lots of views (and stops), and with 12 people, we'll be going at a slower-than-average pace. See you tomorrow morning!

    1 · October 25, 2013

  • Bob L.

    Looking forward to meeting all of you on this hike ... and hoping one of you decides not to go so that I can move from wait list to participant!

    October 23, 2013

    • Bob L.

      I'm afraid I need to take myself off the waitlist. Had to go ahead and make plans. I apologize if this inconveniences anyone, and I'll hope for another chance soon.

      October 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Bob: We'll miss you and look forward to seeing you on the trail!

      October 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hikers: Weather for Government Camp has a low of 32 and a high of 52 degrees tomorrow, but its usually windy at the top. Clear skies are predicted!!

    Everyone re-check your intent to attend and amend your RSVP if needed, so I can clear some of the Wait List. I'll do that later around 6ish.

    October 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am in, for sure!

      October 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wish there was room for one more!

    October 25, 2013

  • Richard

    I drive an old Honda CRX with 2 seats, so figure I'll carpool. Glad to bring my NW Forest Pass if anyone can use it. Look forward to hiking.

    October 24, 2013

  • Leslie aka paul h.

    I get a kick out of the pace listed as moderate at 2-2.5 mph! I've done enough hiking to know that a pace exceeding 2 mph (average) with any elevation change is pushing it!!

    1 · October 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks everyone for signing up for this hike! I'll monitor the weather and keep you informed, but it should be crisp and clear. There are two great photo opportunities: (a) Mirror Lake shows both Mt. Hood and its reflection, and (b) at the Tom, DIck & Harry summit, we're at ~5500 feet, equal to the midpoint of Mt Hood, so your pix of Mt. Hood from there are from a unique and interesting angle. I'm bringing my tripod and best camera!

    1 · October 23, 2013

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