Nice loop hike accessible from either Hidden lake or Paradise park trailheads. Only down fall is the near mile to close the loop between the trailheads that you need to walk on the road. Was the first tracks in the snow a few miles up the hidden lake trail. Missed the beauty of Mt Hood due to the clouds. Interesting tree fall (micro burst) on the Paradise Park trail. Cool to see nature at work.
Perfect day, clear skies and able to see all of the peaks; Adams, Rainer, St Helens, Jefferson, the Sisters. You can see the remnants of the rain that was received this past week, the dust was knocked down and there was snow near the top especially on the spur, bring spikes for a bit more traction.
The day started out cool as the previous day it rained and you are under the forest canopy for the hike. The leaves were wet and rubbed off on my pants. Previously there was a hail storm as many of the plants were tore up and the forest floor and trail were littered with leaves and pine needles and the hail stones were still on the ground. I had the entire trail to myself today (Friday) which was phenomenal to have the place to yourself. It was partly sunny or cloudy today so it was never really warm but the temperature was perfect for hiking. Uphill hike to the top and from the top you are able to Mt Hood and Mt Jefferson. Unable to tell what you can see from the Washington side due to cloud cover. There were springs the first few miles but then nothing so have water. Nice hike.
Beautiful day, start in the shade of the canopy. Not very strenuous hike. Burnt Lake would be a great place to camp. Views from East ZigZag are phenomenal 3 peaks in Washington (Adams, Rainer and St Helens) and the 2 in Oregon (Hood and Jefferson). The sun was out but is was not overly hot. Fairly busy trail.
Great hike enjoy Indian Point and then venture further out than most go. There are times where you need to use some terrain association and the map to stay on course. There are some cairns and survey tape to assist but I still ended off course a few times. 1 spring along the route otherwise no water. You can see the impact of the Eagle Creek fire from 2017. Recommend taking Nick Eaton trail in the way up to save the knees on the way down.
Summit attempt. Started early and the rain was lightly falling and it continued to fall and was combined with wind. As we climbed the conditions continued to deteriorate and the visibility became less and less. Was wet through and through and the wind gusts added to the wind chill. After many discussions it was determined it was best to turn back.