This was my first visit to Mirror Lake, the most popular trail on Mt. Hood. There was one sunny day in the forecast and so I rounded up my favorite hiking boys to go see how the snow was progressing on Mt. Hood.
The short of it is: it isn’t.
It was a glorious day to be outside. It was clear and cold and just enough snow had fallen to coat the trees in a beautiful white mastic. There was also just enough snow to hide the sheet of ice that was masquerading as a trail under our feet. Microspikes came in handy as we fought gravity up the Tom Dick ridge and again down into the upper bowls of Ski Bowl on the return.
Mirror Lake + Tom Dick Harry Mountain + Ski Bowl Loop
Parked in the Ski Bowl parking lot (west end)
Oregon Sno-Park permit required between November 1 – April 30
Northwest Forest Pass required at the summer trailhead