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2016-08-12  
Mirror Lake Trail, OR
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Mirror Lake Trail, OR 
Mirror Lake Trail, OR
 
Hiking avatar Aug 12 2016
black_toes
Hiking3.17 Miles 833 AEG
Hiking3.17 Miles   2 Hrs   4 Mns   2.16 mph
833 ft AEG      36 Mns Break
 
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Unlike many of our hikes in Oregon, under an emerald dome of conifers, this short hike provided a vista at the end. That vista is a grand view of magnificent Mount Hood which at 11,250' el is the highest point in the state and rises far above any other peak in the area. Not only that but many hikers like us travel up to see Hood's reflection mirrored in the lake. And to photograph it, adding another cliche shot to the ol' vacation album. I have seen similar photos of Hood posted all over the Internet, some even from other lakes.

Hood, which hovered over us in snow and sunlight from the northeast, can only be seen from a few places at Mirror because of high trees. And without the boardwalk at the far end of the lake's "swampy" side, it would be even more difficult to take a photo. The Forest Service answered by building a special boardwalk from the main one right to water's edge and in perfect position for a shot. So just about everyone taking an unobstructed reflection photo more or less shoots from the same place.

The battle in getting up to the lake, at least for MJ and me, was dodging herds of other hikers coming down in late afternoon after a dip in the lake or lying on rocks in the sun. One guy shouldering a large backpack was apparently taking his two boys for a camping overnight. We encountered 54 in the first mile, most of them teens and pubescents. Some in swimsuits. Some running. All cheerful and friendly and loud. Only on the lake's east side did we find tranquility and an abundance of strange wildflowers and other plants. Mirror also offers a route to the much higher ground of Tom Dick and Harry Mountain to the south. Mirror Lake is probably one of those hikes you say, "Once is enough."
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