In an effort to stay active, I’ve told myself I’m going to explore Portland more and get out to see the area. It’s gorgeous here and I’m lucky to live in such a great place. At least 2 weekends a month, I want to try a new hike or trail.
In order to share the beauty of Portland and inspire you to get out and explore your own area, I’m going to start sharing the trails & hikes I’m doing, even though photos can’t do this area justice.
Today we went to Mirror Lake near Mt. Hood (about an hour from Portland) and it was amazing! On a good day, we can see the peak of Mt. Hood from near our house. Every time I see it, I smile because it’s just mesmerizing. I’m honestly not sure if it’ll be snowy year-round, but I really hope so! I didn’t really grow up seeing snow regularly, so I think that’s why I like it so much.
As I was mindlessly scrolling insta this morning, I saw a friend check in with a stunning view of Mt. Hood and was instantly drawn to the scenery. I knew it’d be seriously breathtaking, so off we went on the hunt for the ultimate view of the mountain. An hour or so later, we arrived to the Mirror Lake Trailhead.
Mirror Lake is known for the views of Mt. Hood. On a clear, non-windy day, you can see the reflection of Mt. Hood in the lake. Unfortunately for us, it was windy today so we weren’t able to see the reflection, but we still got some good views and a sweaty hike out of the day.
It’s about a 3-mile loop if you walk to and around the lake, then back. We saw a sign for a different trail, Tom Dick and Harry Mountain Hike, right before the lake and went about .5 up to catch an awesome view of the mountain, for a total of 4 miles. We saw a lot of dogs on the trail too, so it would be a good place if you want to bring your pup (unless your dog is a professional snuggler over avid hiker like Gigi is… she would have hated it!).
I’m not gonna lie – the hike was harder than I expected. I’m not sure I’d call it “easy;” more like moderate because there are rocks everywhere and it’s easy to trip. The trail zig-zags quite a bit up about 700 ft elevation. That said, it was well worth the drive and hike up to see the views and the lake.
It took us about 2 hours total. I’d say bring water, a snack and make sure to wear sunscreen. It was almost 90 degrees up there – I guess that’s summer for ya!
I highly recommend this hike if you’re in the area. Happy sweating! ;)