Summary: This is a a great hike for the energy spent - the most elevation and views I've gained with the least amount of effort. Continue past Mirror Lake south up the back of Tom Dick and Harry Mountain. There are no switchbacks - just a mile long trail that climbs fairly graduallyaround to the west side of the hill then cuts back and heads north-east to get you to the top. There are a few minor challenging spots, but when you see the rock pile at the top, crest, then see Mirror Lake below you and Mt. Hood splayed out magnificently before you, you'll pinch yourself and wonder how you got so lucky as to see that 360 with so little effort. The day we went up it was cloudy, so we only got glimpses of the mountain, and only a few ridges to the south. But on a clear day the views would be nothing short of spectacular for 360 degrees. One word of caution - you could get close to some several hundred foot drops - use your head. Continue down the ridge a bit for some exploratory fun.
Trailhead: This is the same trailhead as Mirror Lake. If you've driven over Mt. Hood you've seen the trailhead - it's on the right or south side of the road as you go east on a big bend just before Ski Bowl. It's a few miles above Rhododendron and just 2 or 3 miles below Government Camp. Mt. Hood is only 50 miles from Portland. A Northwest Forest pass is required to park at this trailhead. Buy the annual pass for $30.00 - otherwise pay $5.00 for a day pass.
At the Mirror Lake Loop trail, take a right, then another right a few hundred yards up the trail on the south end of the lake - the ridge trail is not marked, but it's the only one off the loop trail anywhere on the lake. (Lat:45.30631 Lon:-121.7917)
Trail Guides for Tom Dick and Harry Mountain, near Mt. Hood:
Pacific Northwest Hiking 1000 Hikes in OR and WA
by Ron C. Judd and Dan A. Nelsen (Avalon Travel Publishing)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Zigzag Ranger Station: (503) 622-3191
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Steve Snyder, who has posted 13 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Martha on 7/6/2012
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Reviewed by Sandralina on 1/15/2012
We hiked it on 1/14/12. Not much snow at the beginning of trail. Trail became very icy. Bring snowshoes! We saw one couple with crampons on. Awesome hike and fabulous view. Try and go on a clear or semi clear day views are awesome.
Reviewed by Dan on 10/7/2011
Hiked October 7th. Full on light rain for the entire day. Trail in great shape with a few puddles to work around. No view today due to the low clouds. At the large rock pile, hang a left and keep going clear to the top. Will repeat to see views next good weather hiking day!
Reviewed by Shaina on 6/9/2011
This was a beautiful hike but we couldn't get all the way up the mountain due to too much snow. We had to turn around just beyond Mirror Lake. We weren't expecting so much snow considering that it's June! So beware, the snow is a plenty. Also, the snow is melting quickly on sunny days, so beware of hidden holes. I fell in one and banged up my knee and shin. It could have been much worse, so at that point we decided to turn around.
Reviewed by Zoe on 11/14/2010
My husband and I just hiked it yesterday. The parking area was closed so we had to park at the Snoblow area about a half mile away from the trail head. It was a snowy hike and no one was on it. We had great views until the weather turned. The snow on top of the mountain was about three feet high! It was great fun. We built a snow man on the trail and we truly hope someone hikes today and gets a good laugh when they see our little frosty. Rather easy hike but as the snow got thicker is got more difficult.
Reviewed by Jacob on 9/6/2010
A super great hike and dog friendly. The views are astonishing if the weather is accommodating. I saw three peaks.
Reviewed by Keith B on 8/9/2010
Great hike! Highly recommend! No idea why it would be less than 5 stars for anyone!
Reviewed by AS on 7/9/2010
Just hard enough to break a sweat on a hot day, but pretty easy as Oregon day hikes go. The overhead view of Government Camp is surprisingly cool, the closeup of Mount Hood unrivaled, and the views of Ollalie Butte and Jefferson to the south are a rare treat. Bring water, as there is none available after Mirror Lake, and even that is pretty murky. Very pleasant on the way down.
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