Outstanding Oregon: Relax on Tom, Dick, and Harry Mountain (PHOTOS)

Nov 20 2019, 8:08 am

Don’t be deceived by the silly name, but Tom, Dick, and Harry Mountain has some of the most incredible views you’ll find near Portland. This vision bathed in snow is a short drive (only an hour) from the city, and is nestled in Oregon’s Clackamas County.

This summit hike is super accessible to Portlanders, which is why you really have no excuse not to brave the 443-metre ascent, and see first-hand spectacular views of Mt. Hood and Mirror Lake.

For your own safety, please make sure you are prepared before heading out on your next adventure. Information on how to prepare for your trip and stay safe while on your hike is available from OregonStateParks.org and  PortlandOregon.gov. Always remember to leave no trace, pack out what you pack in, stick to designated trails, and refrain from feeding wildlife — and please note that irresponsibly-taken selfies (even if they look great for the ‘gram) can be fatal

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Where is it?

Tom, Dick, and Harry Mountain is a volcanic mountain, capped with basalt and andesite, that stretches for approximately two miles at the foothill of Mt. Hood. Located near Government Camp in Oregon’s Clackamas County, the mountain is seven miles away from Mt. Hood. You’ll pass the famous Mirror Lake, which is located north of the mountain, on your way to the peak’s summit. Aptly named, the Mirror Lake reflects gorgeous views of Mt. Hood.

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How do you get there?

The trail is open year-round, and while it is a little more challenging to undertake this hike during winter, the trailhead is easily accessible from Portland. All you need to do is head east out of the city, and take Interstate 84 until Exit 16. After that, go east on the US 26 until you find a little parking lot on the right hand side of the road that opens to the Mirror Lake Trailhead which eventually leads up to the summit.

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What’s there?

The entire trail is approximately six miles, and is an intermediate hike. The accessibility of the trail means that it’s a great place to enjoy a sunset or sunrise during the summer months. While winter makes the trail a little harder, many hiking enthusiasts bring out their snowshoes to hike up to the summit. And if hiking is not your thing, there are several campsites along the trail near Mirror Lake where you can camp out with your friends and family, and enjoy the wilderness of Oregon.

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