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Tom Dick and Harry Mountain

A peak with an unusual name provides a perfect view of Mount Hood

Tom Dick and Harry Mountain in Oregon 2020 - Best Time
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Tom Dick and Harry is a volcanic mountain located near Government Camp in Clackamas County, Oregon. It was named after three peaks on its summit. The highest point of the summit is 1,545 m (5,070 ft). The mountain is located just 11 km (7 mi) from Mount Hood and is a part of Mount Hood Skibowl resort. The climb to the top of the mountain passes a scenic Mirror Lake, on the north side of the mountain.

Views over Mt Hood 2020
Views over Mt Hood

The hike starts at the Mirror Lake Trailhead accessible from the US 26 East highway. The trail winds up for about 2 miles to Mirror Lake. Up to that point, you will have to share the path with lots of other hikers as the area is about an hour away from Portland. After the lake, the trail climbs up to Tom Dick and Harry, and you can enjoy some solitude as most visitors stay at the Mirror Lake.

Tom Dick Harry Mountain Trail 2020
Tom Dick Harry Mountain Trail

On the top, hikers are rewarded with postcard views of Mount Hood, Zigzag Mountain, and the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness. The pictures will be especially beautiful with the sunset lighting. On a clear day, you might be lucky to get a vista to Mount Rainier, Mount Saint Helens, and Mount Adams.

The best time to hike Tom Dick and Harry Mountain is from June through October. The trail and Mirror Lake can still be snowed until mid-June. In July, you will be amazed by an outstanding abundance of Pacific rhododendron in bloom. Summer months are the busiest time of the year, so you might want to start early or opt for a weekday instead of a weekend. Keep in mind that the Northwest Forest Pass is required from mid-May to October, and a sno-park permit is required from November to April. In winter, snowshoes are recommended for this trail.

Tom Dick and Harry Mountain in Oregon - Best Season 2020

Mirror Lake has a few campgrounds that are perfect for spending the night in the wild.