Mirror Lake Trailhead Relocation

The construction project is now complete.

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Project Description

The project will provide new a parking area of similar size, construct a trail connection from the new parking area to the existing Mirror Lake Trail, make improvements to US 26, and restore the existing parking area and section of trail to its native state. FHWA is working in partnership with the Zigzag Ranger District of the Mt. Hood National Forest and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

Project Background

This project relocates the Mirror Lake Trailhead. The Mirror Lake Trail is a popular recreational area on the Forest with its trailhead located on a sharp curve on the south side of US Highway 26 (US 26) approximately one mile west of Government Camp in Clackamas County, Oregon. An easy day hike, the trail attracts many hikers from the Portland Metropolitan area. This popular trail leads to the Mirror Lake Trail, which is 2.1 miles round-trip to the lake with a 700 foot elevation change. Mirror Lake’s classic glacial cirque lake with the view of Mt. Hood in the backdrop draws many people to this location. This trail also allows one to hike to Tom Dick and Harry Ridge which is a more challenging hike but has beautiful view of the Cascade Range. This trail is heavily visited and is kid-friendly for the adventurous family.

Key Project Dates

Construction Start Date: July 25, 2017
Construction Finish Date: October 31, 2018

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Project Details
Project # OR DOT 26(2)
Project Name Mirror Lake Trailhead Relocation
Location Near Government Camp
Awarded to SWP Contracting and Paving
Award Date June 29, 2017
Award Amount $5,460,018.00
Status Completed

Contact Information

Knud Martin, Project Engineer

Federal Highway Administration
Western Federal Lands Highway Division
610 East Fifth Street
Vancouver, WA 98661-3801