A late Summer Hike to Burnt Lake and East Zigzag Mountain


Waterfalls, one of the prettiest lakes in the Mt. Hood area and a mountain to climb – – – this hike had it all, and good weather too.

After walking through a stile I followed the pleasant trail along Burnt Creek for several miles before crossing the Creek. Old burnt-out cedars were scattered along the trail serving as reminders of a severe forest fire in the 1800s. One of the cedars was almost 12 feet across at the base.

In the next one-half mile I came to Lost Creek Falls, a series of four waterfalls in a small canyon. After climbing the headwall on the well-graded trail, I reached very scenic Burnt Lake.

The next mile of the trail passed another small lake before reaching the Zigzag Mountain Trail. Soon I was at the 4,971-foot summit of East Zigzag Mountain. The views were extraordinary in all directions with Mt. Hood seemingly close enough to touch.

What a beautiful place to be and only 44 miles from Portland as the raven flies.

Burnt Creek Lake

Burnt Lake

Vanilla Leaf

Vanilla Leaf

Mt. Hood rising above Burnt Creek Lake

Mt. Hood rising above Burnt Lake – – – the view from near the summit of E. Zigzag Mountain

Mt. Hood above Burnt Lake

Mt. Hood above Burnt Lake

Huckleberry leaves with their autumn colors

Huckleberry leaves with their autumn colors

The summit approach to E. Zigzag Mountain

The summit approach to E. Zigzag Mountain

Burnt Lake

Burnt Lake

Reid Glacier on Mt. Hood

Reid Glacier on Mt. Hood

Old trail sign in the Mt. Hood Wilderness

Old trail sign in the Mt. Hood Wilderness

McNeil Point, Yokum RIdge and Paradise Park on Mt. Hood

McNeil Point, Yokum Ridge, Paradise Park and Mississippi Head on the flanks of Mt. Hood

 

 

 

 

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2 comments

  1. Wow, does that huckleberry turn red! It must be really pretty to see a whole meadow of it in the fall. Looks like a terrific hike!

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