Burnt Lake South Trail is a hiking trail in Clackamas County, Oregon. It is within Mount Hood Wilderness Area and Mount Hood National Forest. It is 7.7 miles long and begins at 2,688 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 15.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,092 feet. The Burnt Lake Trailhead parking and the trailhead artwork are near the trailhead. There is also parking. The Devils Meadow heath and the Burnt Lake water can be seen along the trail. There is also an information guidepost along the trail.
Burnt Lake South Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This 3.5-mile walk to Burnt Lake and the summit of Zigzag Mountain provides both water and scenery, as well as a lesson in forest history in an eerie but inviting woodland where the giant, charcoaled stumps of a vanished cedar forest hide among moss-draped younger trees."
--Ellen Morris Bishop, Best Hikes with Dogs: Oregon (The Mountaineers Books).
"Hike from South Burnt Lake Trailhead over the top of Zigzag Mountain, with its spectacular view of the southwest side of Mount Hood. Then descend to Burnt Lake in a timbered pocket on the northern slope of Zigzag Mountain."
--Fred Barstad, Best Hikes Near Portland, Oregon (Falcon Guides).
"As one of only a handful of lakes in the heavily traveled Mount Hood Wilderness, it’s not surprising that Burnt Lake is popular. But even if there were hundreds of other lakes to choose from, this lovely mountain pool would probably attract crowds. Not only does this lake have a fine view of the wilderness’ glacier-clad namesake attraction, it is also a nice spot for a swim or to fish for brook trout. As with other popular destinations, it is better if you visit in the middle of the week and try to get an early start."
--Doug Lorain, One Night Wilderness: Portland: Backcountry Getaways Within Three Hours of the City (Wilderness Press).
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