On 3 October, I took a hike at Mirror Lake near Mount Hood. It was a bit chilly, intensely foggy, but fairly uncrowded.
The trail in great shape, up until Tom Dick and Harry Mountain trail, where it got smaller and quite rocky.
Mirror Lake was tiny! I was expecting bigger, but it was very peaceful and scenic. I had hoped to see ducks, but, alas, there were none. Not a duck in sight!
In the few clearings, US 26 was visible through the fog. The fall colors were spectacular.
More examples of fall colors.
Check out this mushroom!
The highlight for me was, of course, the creek. I am a sucker for creeks. The area in the photo above was a ringer: forest creek, pine needles covering the ground, healthy and vibrant rhododendrons, and swooping branches of young western red cedars.
How could I talk about creeks without mentioning the lovely bridge along the trail?
It was a beauty.
I love these bridges made of whole logs.
Overall, a pleasant hike, but a bad day if you wanted to see views of Mount Hood. I think the creek, bridge, and fall colors made up for not seeing a 11,000 foot high mountain.