Burnt Lake and East Zigzag Mountain in the Mt. Hood Wilderness


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East Zigzag Mountain

One of the prettiest lakes in the Mt. Hood area and a mountain to climb – – – this hike had it all, and great 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. All the backpacker campsites were full or I would have been able to get a clear reflection of Mt. Hood in the picturesque 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.

Mt. Hood from East Zigzag Mountain (Paradise Park in the lower right)

California Tortoiseshell Butterfly

Mt. Hood from the summit of E. Zigzag Mountain

Burnt Lake

Where the trail got its name

Wildflower garden on E. Zigzag Mountain

Into the wilderness

Final trail to summit

Mt. Hood reflected in Burnt Lake (taken on a previous hike)

Burnt Lake below Mt. Hood (taken on a previous hike)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Categories: Mt. Hood Wilderness Hikes, Oregon Cascades HikesTags: , ,

9 comments

  1. John, Always enjoy your picture & narratives. Blessings Ed

    On Mon, Jul 15, 2019 at 7:36 AM John Carr Outdoors wrote:

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  2. John, thank you for sharing your hikes to places I am unlikely to ever be able to go. It’s always a beautiful adventure and your love of Nature shines through.
    Sandy

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  3. Beautiful pictures! 🙂 I just love hiking!

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  4. Ahhhh, love the beauty and the reflections of Mt Hood in the water. Such greenery gives me the wanderlust to come and do some more hikes up there. Perhaps we could plan one on our next trip up? We’d have to go fairly early in the morning. And I could bring my camera and get some tips from the expert. 🙂 Thanks, John, for sharing. The views are magnificent.

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