After arriving in Oregon, we’ve been busy dealing with relocation-related business and getting used to RV life. It’s time for hiking. David found a hike near Mt Hood Village where we stayed. The trail, interestingly named Tom Dick and Harry Mountain Trail, starts from Mirror Lake trailhead on Hwy 26. It’s not a long hike and not too much elevation to climb. It’s a perfect warm-up hike as it’s not too physically demanding. It’s been a while since we last hiked.
Mirror Lake is a popular destination so the parking lot at the trailhead is filled up quickly. Although we took this hike in the afternoon during weekday, the parking lot was nearly full when we got there. Plan to arrive at the trailhead early. There are additional parking spaces a few hundred yard up the road. Northwest Forest Pass is required to park at the trailhead.
The entire hike was mostly under tree canopy. There was not much view until we got to Mirror Lake. A walk around Mirror Lake could have been skipped as we couldn’t see the lake most of the time due to the dense forest. Once we got to the south shore of Mirror Lake, the sight of the lake with Mt Hood in the background was a pleasant surprise. Mirror Lake appeared to be a popular swimming hole. There were several people and dogs enjoying the afternoon at the lake. We found salmon berries near the lake so I got to taste them the first time.
The trail to Tom Dick and Harry Mountain continues from Mirror Lake. From the lake, the trail climbs up the mountain side. Soon we could see the mountains below and Mt Hood behind us.
The last mile or so before reaching the summit, we saw huckleberry bushes along the trail. We spent some time picking and grazing these delicious berries. I’m always happy when there are huckleberries on hiking trails!
After the huckleberry section, the trail goes up again. It was the last push before the summit.
From the summit, Mt Jefferson was visible. We had lunch while taking in an unobstructed view of Mt Hood. There were about 3 or 4 other groups of hikers at the summit, but it didn’t feel crowded. After lunch, we returned to the trailhead.
- Date hiked: July 20, 2016
- Hiking time: 4h 11min
- Distance: Approx. 7 mi round-trip (out and back) including a walk around Mirror Lake
- Elevation change: 1400 ft gain
- Northwest Forest Pass is required to park at the trailhead