Yesterday we set out on our first hike of the season: a 3.2-mile roundtrip jaunt to Mirror Lake. It’s a relatively easy hike despite a bunch of switchbacks; the elevation gain is 700′. The reward? A spectacular view of snow-covered Mount Hood looming over the lake, its reflection a reminder of how this beautiful lake got its name.
We actually weren’t sure how the weather was going to turn out. When we left home, the mountain was obscured by clouds, but shortly past the town of Sandy they burned off. Instead, we ended up with crystal clear blue skies, sunshine, and a nice cool breeze. It was probably in the low-mid 60s during the hike – ideal weather, as a matter of fact.
Most of the trail passes through a verdant forest of Douglas firs and pines. Pink rhododendrons were just starting to bloom, as were trilliums and beargrass. Feel free to click on any of the photos below to enlarge/read descriptions.