East Zigzag via Burnt Lake

  • July 26, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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TOTAL MILES: 9.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 2400 ft (max elev ~5000)
PACE: “Quick” (~2.5 mph)
DIFFICULTY RATING: Difficult
ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: 6 hours
PERMITS: NW Forest Pass (drivers)

**RSVPs will open tonight at 7:30**

CARPOOLING: RT mileage is 100 miles, give or take; we suggest a mileage donation of 10 cents/mile/person, or $10.00. Exact change makes it easier to divide among our drivers. No one will be turned away for an inability to contribute. Thanks!

This is another one of those “classic” Mt Hood hikes, and as such it usually gets pretty crowded on sunny weekends, so let's (hopefully!) avoid the crowds by doing this one on a Friday. I'm lifting this one straight out of Sullivan's 3rd edition, # 68 (thanks again, Mr Sullivan !!), but the short, short version is that we'll start out on #772 for about 2.5 flat miles and take the short detour to check out Lost Creek Falls, then we'll start the moderate climb up to Burnt Lake. After this it's another 1.5 relatively steep but well graded miles up to the viewpoint and a nice leisurely lunch as we enjoy the sights (Weather Gods permitting, of course). After lunch we'll retrace our steps back to our cars, and hopefully a stop on the way home for a well deserved beer and bite. Even without a stop for food on the way back into town, I don’t expect that we'll be back to Gateway any earlier than 7:00pm, so please RSVP accordingly.

Please note that there is a MANUAL waiting list for this hike. What this means is that if a spot opens up everyone on the waiting list will automatically receive an e-mail notifying them of the opening. The first person (whether on the waiting list or not) to RSVP gets the spot.

NO DOGS, please.

What to bring:
• Sturdy hiking boots/shoes with at least one change of socks
• Two or three light layers of clothing that can be adjusted or removed as necessary (NO COTTON!!!)
• Safety whistle, preferably on a cord around your neck (highly recommended)
• Sunscreen and bug spray
• Rain gear
• The 10 essentials*
• Trekking poles (never a bad idea)
• Lunch, snacks and plenty of water

*Navigation, Sun protection, Insulation, Illumination, First Aid, Fire, Repair Kit/Tools, Nutrition, Hydration, Emergency Shelter. For a more detailed description, check out “The Ten Essentials” on the Portland Hiking Meetup Group’s FILES page.

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  • dara

    Does anyone remember the word that describes when you backpack a short distance to set up camp, then do day hikes from there? Zach used a specific word.

    August 4, 2013

    • Zachary

      "Slackpacking"­ is the term that I probably used (full credit to the illustrious Jeff from whom I first heard the term). "Zero day" is another term that describes a similar situation.

      August 5, 2013

    • Randy S.

      I think of it as "Backcamping".­ Nice part is if you forget anything in the car, you can always leave camp and go back to get it. LOL.

      August 21, 2013

  • Lisa G

    The only bummer thing were the bugs/flies. Everything else great.

    July 29, 2013

  • dara

    Swimming in Burnt Lake was amazing.

    July 26, 2013

    • Aaron N

      Great idea on jumping in. Well worth it!

      1 · July 27, 2013

  • Zachary

    Perfect weather, a great bunch of hikers, and an impromptu dip in Burnt Lake- I wish that all of my Fridays were this awesome !!

    2 · July 27, 2013

  • Krista

    Out of town for the next week or so, otherwise I'd love to join in on these great hikes you have planned!

    July 26, 2013

  • Aaron N

    Hello all! If there's still room, I'll see you in the am

    July 25, 2013

  • Scott W.

    Better study for school instead...

    July 25, 2013

  • Lisa

    Sorry found out I have a conflict. Have a great hike !

    July 25, 2013

  • Chris

    Double booked :( See you next time.

    July 25, 2013

  • dara

    Looking forward to it

    July 23, 2013

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