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Burnt Lake + Zigzag Mountain

Mount Hood Wilderness

Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon

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Burnt Lake + Zigzag Mountain

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  • The entrance to the Burnt Lake Trail ensures that only hikers can pass.- Burnt Lake + Zigzag Mountain
  • The Burnt Lake Trial winds through the young forest.- Burnt Lake + Zigzag Mountain
  • A spiderweb caught in sunlight.- Burnt Lake + Zigzag Mountain
  • A small creek crossing on the Burnt Lake Trail.- Burnt Lake + Zigzag Mountain
  • Western white clematis (Clematis ligusticifolia).- Burnt Lake + Zigzag Mountain
  • The hollowed out remains of a burnt tree.- Burnt Lake + Zigzag Mountain
  • A small waterfall at the main branch of Lost Creek.- Burnt Lake + Zigzag Mountain
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Burnt Lake + Zigzag Mountain
  • Mount Hood (11,249') viewed from the Burnt Lake Trail.- Burnt Lake + Zigzag Mountain
  • Burnt Lake.- Burnt Lake + Zigzag Mountain
  • The junction with the Zigzag Mountain Trail.- Burnt Lake + Zigzag Mountain
  • Beargrass (Xerophyllum tenax).- Burnt Lake + Zigzag Mountain
  • Shooting star (Dodecatheon).- Burnt Lake + Zigzag Mountain
  • Lupine.- Burnt Lake + Zigzag Mountain
  • Mount Adams (12,281').- Burnt Lake + Zigzag Mountain
  • Burnt Lake and Mount Hood (11,249').- Burnt Lake + Zigzag Mountain
  • Rock penstemon (Scrophulariaceae).- Burnt Lake + Zigzag Mountain
  • Mount St. Helens (8,365'), Mount Rainier (14,411'), and Mount Adams (12,281').- Burnt Lake + Zigzag Mountain
  • Pacific Rhododendron (Rhododendron macrophyllum)- Burnt Lake + Zigzag Mountain
  • The final 0.3-mile climb to the summit.- Burnt Lake + Zigzag Mountain
  • Subalpine lily (Calochortus subalpinus).- Burnt Lake + Zigzag Mountain
  • Delphinium, lupine, and subalpine lily.- Burnt Lake + Zigzag Mountain
  • Indian Paintrbrush (Castilleja).- Burnt Lake + Zigzag Mountain
  • Zigzag Mountain Trail sign with Mount Hood in the background.- Burnt Lake + Zigzag Mountain
  • Chairlifts at Timberline Lodge Ski Area.- Burnt Lake + Zigzag Mountain
  • Two-tailed swallowtail butterfly (Papilio multicaudata).- Burnt Lake + Zigzag Mountain
  • Mount Jefferson (10,495').- Burnt Lake + Zigzag Mountain
  • A USGS marker near Burnt Lake.- Burnt Lake + Zigzag Mountain
  • Penstemon.- Burnt Lake + Zigzag Mountain
  • Sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella). - Burnt Lake + Zigzag Mountain
  • View of Mount Hood (11,249') from the shore of Burnt Lake.- Burnt Lake + Zigzag Mountain
  • Spatterdock (Nuphar advena).- Burnt Lake + Zigzag Mountain
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Burnt Lake + Zigzag Mountain
  • View of Mount Hood (11,249') in the fall.- Burnt Lake + Zigzag Mountain
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views. Wildflowers. Lakeside campsites.
Cons: 
Wood fires prohibited.
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Region:
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
2,190.00 ft (667.51 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
9.50 mi (15.29 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
2,700.00 ft (822.96 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Burnt Lake Trail begins romantically by winding through a beautiful young forest with a forest floor that is covered in ferns and clover. Lost Creek can be heard and occasionally seen off to the right. Enjoy the shade and almost imperceptible increase in elevation for about 2 miles before crossing a small creek. The trail continues to climb gently for about a half mile as it passes some very intriguing burnt tree remains, some of which are so big you can easily stand inside of the hollowed trunk. Watch for a trail that dips off to the left and leads to a view of a small waterfall and a great resting spot. This is the main branch of Lost Creek.

Back on the main trail you'll find a switchback that leads to a steady climb for about a mile. There are a few of open areas that offer incredible views of Mount Hood and the valley below. Soon the trail arrives at the shores of Burnt Lake, where several designated campsites can be utilized. Note that wood fires are not permitted. The trail makes a loop around the lake.

To find the route to the top of Zigzag Mountain, head right. Follow a sign for the Zigzag Mountain Trail and cross a marshy area before the trail switchbacks up and out of the lake basin. After about 0.8 miles you will reach a junction between the Burnt Lake Trail and Zigzag Mountain Trail. Turn right here for a steep quarter-mile climb before the trail levels. If the wildflowers in early summer don't impress you, the outstanding views of the surrounding volcanoes surely will. Keep straight past another junction for the strenuous 0.3-mile climb to the rocky summit.

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