So Jim and his special ladyfriend Emily got a housesitting gig outside of Sandy, Oregon last week and invited Maree and I to come hang out and stay the night. It was a cool spread, kind of reminding me of my Aunt Kathy's place. It was a nice retreat from the city's bustle, even though only a modest stand of trees separated us from the highway. Somehow Emily, being the Oregon native that she is, had never made it up to Mt Hood, so we all piled into her truck and headed up to a trail I'd been on before that would deliver some spectacular views.
The Mirror Lake/Tom, Dick, and Harry Mountain Trail is super easy to get to, the trailhead being a parking lot on the shoulder of US-26. It's about a mile and a half to the lake, then another mile or so to the top of the mountain. I've been to the lake twice, once in the winter when it was all snowy and the mountain trail was closed, and once in the fall. I made it to the mountain top in the fall, but clouds obscured any view that was to be had. Not knowing the view at the top was a nice surprise when we summited. We were greeted with a 360-degree view of the Cascade range, with Mt Rainier, Mt St. Helens, Mt Adams, and Mt Hood to the north and Mt Jefferson to the south. It was quite amazing!