First weekend of November, one of the prettiest lakes in the Mt. Hood area and a mountain to climb – – – this hike had it all. Well, it would have had it all if it hadn’t been for the stormy weather with lots of rainfall. But, I’m always up for a challenge.
Taking photos in the rain really tests one’s resourcefulness. But, if the goal is to capture the essence of the outing, then it’s worth the effort.
After walking through a stile I followed the pleasant trail through the rain along Burnt Creek for several miles before crossing the Creek. I began to spot old burnt-out cedars 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 Burnt Lake. A mostly cloud-covered Mt. Hood dominated the scenery behind the 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 would have been extraordinary on a clear day. Still, I savored the culmination of the climb while being buffeted by heavy gusts of wind and rainfall.
The stile at the beginning of the hike
A ringer from a prior year’s hike (Mt. Hood from East Zigzag Mountain)