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Mirror Lake and Mt. Hood, OR

[/caption] Mirror lake is an easy 3.2 round trip hike that offers a spectacular view of Mt. Hood behind the lake. There are a few first come first serve camping spots available and a short trail that takes you around the small lake. However, if you really want to get in a good hike and even better views, I recommend that you continue along the trail and hike to the summit of 5,066′ Tom Dick and Harry mountain. The hike is more strenuous but the views are worth every step that you will take. It’s a moderate hike and is about 6.4 miles round trip. The summit provides a fantastic backdrop of Mt. Hood and you will find yourself surrounded by broken and jagged shale rock. This is a perfect spot to break for lunch and set up your tripod to take some awesome photos. This particular photo isn’t very good since the skies are overcast and the lighting is horrible. However, I wanted to post a photo of Mirror lake and write about the hike. I was also using my Panasonic point and shoot camera with only a UV filter. I also believe this was one of my first photography trips so I really didn’t know what I was doing. I don’t believe I was even using a tripod and the setting could have been better. Since I had the camera in Normal/Program mode the aperture was at F-1 and the shutter speed at 1 second. The ISO was at 80 and the white balance was at 0. I also set the focal length at 9mm. The photo was taken on 6/16/09 and it was about 11:00am. Because there was a good reflection of Mt. Hood in the lake, I should have used a tripod and attached a CIR-PL and warming filter. I hope to be back this early summer and will make sure that I pick a day when the skies are more clear.