Burnt Lake South Trail

Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon

Elevation Gain4,092ft
Trailhead Elevation2,688ft
Elevation Min/Max2688/4786ft
Elevation Start/End2688/2688ft

Burnt Lake South Trail

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. This trail connects with the following: Zigzag Mountain Trail #775, Zigzag Mountain Trail, Zigzag Mountain Road and Devils Tie Trail #767.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Best Hikes with Dogs: Oregon (The Mountaineers Books)
Ellen Morris Bishop
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"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." Read more
Best Hikes Near Portland, Oregon (Falcon Guides)
Fred Barstad
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"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." Read more
One Night Wilderness: Portland: Backcountry Getaways Within Three Hours of the City (Wilderness Press)
Doug Lorain
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"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." Read more

Burnt Lake South Trail Reviews

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We really like this hike. Its not to difficult and the private lake at the top is a great payoff. I would warn of a couple things. Once your on Lolo Pass and you turn on FR1485 the road splits, you want to bear right and go over the one lane bridge. Also, the last 1.5 miles of the road going up are gravel, one lane with few good pull-offs. Also there are a bunch of down branches that have not been cleared very well. Had I known this in advance I would have taken the SUV. I was able to get my Honda Accord up there, but when a car came in the other direction it was difficult to get far enough of the road with a car that low.

Also, I easily received a dozen mosquito bites, and was swarmed by some big bee size black flies once a the top. I would wear a long sleeved shirt. The trail itself is washed out in a couple places, and in a few spots you have to walk in up to 6 inches of water.

Finally we went in mid July and there was still several feet of snow at the top. The trail itself cannot be found but some one put up pink flags in the trees to lead you to the lake. Be careful and pay attention to the flags going up and coming back. they are not real easy to follow.

It was a mini-adventure.

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Trail Information

Mount Hood National Forest
Nearby City
Mount Hood National Forest
Mt. Hood National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Government Camp 7.5' quadrangle
Local Maps