Zigzag Mountain

  • Date: September 1, 2014
  • Location: Mount Hood National Forest
  • Start: North Burnt Lake Trailhead
  • Distance: 9.4 miles
  • Duration: 6 hours 45 minutes (breaks included)
  • Elevation gain: 2300 feet
  • Type: Out-and-back
  • Map: Adventure Maps: Mount Hood Area
  • References: 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Portland by Paul Gerald; Oregon Hikers

This hike was our final hike of Summer 2014. I had meant for it to be a relaxing, shorter trek since we did Roaring River Wilderness the previous weekend. Due to a navigational error on my part, we ended up hiking 16.6 miles (which is why it took us nearly 7 hours to complete this hike). Word of advice: Do not deviate from the route; descend the EXACT way you came up. Near the summit of Zigzag, there is a junction with Burnt Lake Trail. I assumed it led back to the trailhead we parked at, even though the turn-off we’d made coming up wasn’t for another half mile or so. Turns out it’s a continuation of Burnt Lake Trail leading to South Burnt Lake Trailhead…3.7 miles away. So we walked the entire 3.7 miles before realizing our mistake and had to hike back uphill to the junction with Zigzag Mountain Trail; an extra 7.4 miles! Aside from this, the hike was quite enjoyable. After a bit of climbing, you’re rewarded with lovely Burnt Lake at mile 3.4, then Zigzag lookout 1.3 miles after that. The view of Mount Hood from Zigzag is one of the best. There’s also a nice abundance of huckleberry bushes along the way.

Burnt Lake
Burnt Lake and Mount Hood
Last uphill stretch leading to the summit
Zigzag Mountain lookout

Huckleberry bushes

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