As a popular hiking area on the west side of Mt. Hood, parking at the existing Mirror Lake trailhead on Hwy. 26 frequently fills up, forcing some visitors to park on the shoulders of busy Hwy. 26. Safety concerns raised through a road safety audit and the recently completed Mt. Hood Multimodal Transportation Plan have identified this as a priority safety issue. “The Forest Service takes the safety and enjoyment of visitors to the Mt. Hood National Forest very seriously. Off-road parking will ensure that trail users have a safe access to the area,” said Vicki Peterson, Acting Zigzag District Ranger.
The FWHA, in partnership with the Mt. Hood National Forest, will be hosting an Open House public meeting to discuss potential sites for a new Mirror Lake parking area and trailhead. The meeting will be held on October 29 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Zigzag Ranger District Office, 70220 E. Highway 26, Zigzag, Oregon, 97049. For more information about the project or to provide comments go to the project website at www.flh.fhwa.dot.gov/projects/or/mirror-lake/.
For U.S. Forest Service specific questions, please contact Laura Pramuk at 503-668-1791 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For general project questions please contact Seth English-Young at 360-619-7803 or email@example.com.