Once again, I was obsessively checking the weather to see when we might have some good weather here so we could take advantage. Today looked like it might be beautiful so we decided to head up to Mirror Lake while the bear was at school. It was going to be cutting it close to be able to finish the hike and get back in time to pick him up. We did manage to do that though. Originally we were planning to snowshoe, but once we arrived it became a bit obvious that there wasn’t enough snow.
I’m really glad we did this one without the bear. I don’t think I would be comfortable taking him on this hike particularly in the winter. There were just a few steep cliffs and some stream crossings with slightly sketchy bridges. I think he’d be good in a year or two, but not right now.
The trail ended up being a mixture of surfaces, some snow, some ice, some soggy ground. A little more icy than I would have preferred without microspikes or other traction devices. I had them in the car, but I did not bring them on the hike. Of course!
This is the hike where you get the very famous picture of Mt. Hood reflecting in a lake, hence Mirror Lake. That’s why clear days are the best for this hike, otherwise I would have been a sad panda to just see grey clouds in the lake. So I present to you probably one of the most common pictures of Mt. Hood: