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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.