West Zigzag Mountain via Zigzag Mountain Trail #775
based on 15 tracks & routes Mount Hood National Forest #65 hike out of 96 in
4 hrs 23 min
This is a moderate out and back trail to West Zigzag Mountain in Mount Hood National Forest.
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West Zigzag Mt., Mt Hood NF, OR
The hike from the community of Zigzag just off US Highway 26 to the site of the of the former lookout tower on West Zigzag Mountain involves an elevation gain of 3,000 feet and proceeds mostly under a tree canopy through dense foliage of salal, Oregon grape, and rhododendrons. The reward is spectacular views of the forested Cascades to the south, and, on one brief section of trail, of Mount Hood to the north. It's a little-used trail; every foot or two, spider strands or entire webs crossed the trail. On an August Saturday when Ramona Falls and other nearby trails would be crowded, only one other person was on the trail.