|Mirror Lake Trailhead project wraps for winter posted on 12/01/2017|
Work wrapped up during the early part of November on the
Mirror Lake Trailhead relocation project, which will create a new parking area
and a trail connection for the popular recreation spot on the mountain.
The venture is a partnership between the Federal Highway
Administration (FHWA), the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Zigzag
Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service.
Knud Martin, Project Engineer for the FHWA, noted the
project was delayed earlier in the year due to hazardous fire conditions, but
work is still expected to be complete by the end of October 2018. He added that
when the project starts up again a lot of “ground disturbing activities” will
Work is tentatively expected to resume on April 14, 2018,
but Martin noted that will depend heavily on this winter’s snowpack and how
much snow remains next April.
“Some years that’s no problem, other years it’s a problem,”
The project will move the parking lot for the trailhead from
the sharp curve on Hwy. 26 west of Government Camp to the parking lot at
“This project is focused on getting congestion out and a
safe place to enter the trail system, a place to park and use bathroom,” Martin
said. “This is an enormous safety improvement.”
He added that it is also important for people to be patient
and safe when utilizing the trail during construction, such as finding a safe
place to park rather than entering the construction zone.
For more information and updated trail status, visit
By Garth Guibord/MT