East Zigzag Mountain and Burnt Lake

Rhododendron, Oregon 97049

East Zigzag Mountain and Burnt Lake

East Zigzag Mountain and Burnt Lake Professional Review and Guide

"The Mount Hood Wilderness contains almost no mountain lakes, so it is not surprising that the few that do exist are popular. But even if there were hundreds of lakes to choose from, many hikers would still opt for Burnt Lake because it is so strikingly beautiful.

The excellent swimming lake features a picture-postcard view of snowclad Mount Hood. The most crowded trail to the lake starts from Lost Creek to the north. For a quieter approach, start from the south on a trail that goes through better wildflower meadows and takes you near a superior viewpoint missed by the northerly approach."

East Zigzag Mountain and Burnt Lake Reviews

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7/15/2018
Beautiful in and out hike. Starts as a gradual uphill walk on soft ground, carpeted with fir needles along a lovely creek. Several burned out logs that you can step inside of and imagine the fire that swept the area in the early 1900’s. Take the short side trail down to Lost Creek Falls to experience a small but lovely water falls, flowing over large moss covered rocks. The hike then goes up another mile of switchbacks till you reach the pristine lake. The half mile walk around the lake is worth it and a nice repose from the uphill hike in. Beautiful views of Mt. Hood from the lake. The trail continues up switchbacks till you reach an intersection with Zig Zag trail. Take a right at the junction and hike up to the top of Zig Zag Mountain, where you find a pile of larger rocks to sit on and enjoy views of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Rainer. Look south and Mt. Jefferson peeks through the trees. Amazing hike and probably one of the best in the Mt. Hood Wilderness. Downside: lots of people on the weekends so best to get on the trail early.
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Trail Information

Rhododendron
Nearby City
10.5
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
5 hours (day hike or backpack)
Duration
Mid-June to October
Season
Green Trails No. 461 Government Camp
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Aug 2018