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Mirror Lake Trailhead

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

The Mirror Lake Trailhead near Ski Bowl West (bobcat)
Picnic table and vault toilets at the Mirror Lake Trailhead (bobcat)


Hikes starting here

Fees, Facilities, etc.

  • Northwest Forest Pass (or America the Beautiful Pass) required. The pass must be acquired beforehand as it is not sold at the trailhead.
  • Dogs on leash
  • Restrooms, picnic table, information kiosk at trailhead

Driving Directions

Drive east on Highway 26.

From the last traffic light in Sandy, just past the ARCO station, it's 28.0 miles through the communities of Welches, Zigzag, and Rhododendron before you make a right turn for Ski Bowl West and the Mirror Lake Trailhead.

Make another immediate right into the parking area at the Mirror Lake Trailhead. There are 50 parking spots plus two van-accessible ADA spots.


This trailhead was built in 2018 to replace the old trailhead that was located right alongside Highway 26 just west of here. The old trailhead has been decommissioned.

This is the busiest trailhead on Mount Hood, providing easy access to lovely Mirror Lake. If the parking area is full, you will need to use the Ski Bowl West Trailhead, but remember that SnoPark permits are required there in season. You can avoid the crowds by simply hiking on weekdays, or consider a late afternoon hike on the weekend, when crowds thin and alpenglow colors the mountain. Be sure to carry a flashlight or headlamp if you intend to stay past dark, however.

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Oregon Hikers Field Guide is built as a collaborative effort by its user community. While we make every effort to fact-check, information found here should be considered anecdotal. You should cross-check against other references before planning a hike. Trail routing and conditions are subject to change. Please contact us if you notice errors on this page.

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