Fall was in full effect in CascadiaLand. The wide, well-maintained trail gains roughly 750 feet in less than two miles, following a series of switchbacks through lush forests before arriving at Mirror Lake.
No time for Tom, Dick or Harry.
Mirror Lake is a classic glacial cirque lake.
Mount Hood appears just over the tops of the trees lining the lake creating one of the most photographed vantage points in the state. Unfortunately the clouds weren’t cooperating on the day we went.
Autumn had arrived.
Crayfish, also known as crawfish, crawdads, freshwater lobsters, or mudbugs, are freshwater crustaceans resembling small lobsters, to which they are related and they were all over Mirror Lake.
Once you reach the lake at 1.4 miles, continue the .4 miles around the lake to witness the post card perfect picture of Mt. Hoods reflection in this beautiful lake (when it’s not cloudy of course).