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East Zig Zag Mountain Hike. Mount Hood National Forest. East of Government Camp

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This hike will take you through the forest of Zig Zag Mountain and to the summit. Along the way we will hike and visit Burnt Lake. We will get a spectacular view of Mt. Hood and other glacier mountains on a clear day. When we reach the summit, we will have lunch and enjoy the beauty of the area. After lunch, we will hike back to the trailhead.Along the way and during the hike, we will make frequent stops to break and take pictures.

The hike pace will be about 2mph and under. If you are one of the people that likes to hike more than 2mph and do not stop frequently to take breaks and enjoy the scenery, this hike might not be for you. This will be a day hike. Please plan on it. If you have to be back by a certain time, please do not sign up for this hike.

We can treat ourselves to dinner if everyone is up for it. We will play it by ear.

This will be my first time hiking in East Zig Zag Mountain area. Please be in at least reasonable shape.

Here is the web link for more info:

(if you need maps, you can print them out.)

Hiking time: Approx 4-6 hours depending on the pace.

Distance: Approximately approx. 9.4 miles round trip (out and back)

Elevation gain: 2,300 feet

Difficulty: difficult to very difficult due to the steepness of some areas.

Fees: NW Forest Pass required. If you do not have the pass, you can pay 5 dollars to park.

Bring: 2 liters of water, ten essentials, good hiking boots, good hiking pole(s) (you need them for balance, descending, and not hard on your knees), non cotton clothing, sun screen, hiking snacks. Please plan accordingly.

If you need transportation out to Zig Zag Mountain area, the first meeting place will be at Gateway Transit Center (8:00AM):

Gateway Park & Ride Transit Garage: I-84 east to Exit 7 Halsey St.; take an immediate right on the exit on NE 99th Ave. Parking structure is second building on the right; go to the south end of the building to enter. From I-205 take Exit 21A Glisan St. from either north or south. Proceed to east side of freeway and turn left at the stoplight for NE 99th Ave. Continue past the Park & Ride surface lot to the parking structure. Meet in the southeast corner of the garage.

If you do not want to meet at Gateway Transit Center, here is the direction to the second meeting place.

To get to the North Burnt Lake Trailhead, go to the community of Zigzag on U.S. 26 18 miles east of Sandy and 10 miles west of Government Camp. Go north on the Lolo Pass Road (Forest Service Road 18) for 4 miles (two lanes paved). Turn right on Rd 1828 labeled "campgrounds trailheads" (two lanes paved). At mile 0.6 from Lolo Pass Road, turn right on road 1825 onto the bridge going over the Sandy River. There is a gate here that is closed in the winter when there's snow, maybe a few months starting in December. Go past McNeil Campground at mile 0.8 (from Lolo Pass Road). Go past the road to the right that goes to Riley Horse Camp. At mile 2.2, stay straight on 1825, past the left turn to the Ramona Falls Trailhead (1825-100), on the road to Lost Creek Campground. Take the road (gravel), past Lost Creek Campground. At mile 2.7 is an unmarked fork, stay right. At mile 3.8 is the trailhead. There are no signs for the Burnt Lake Trailhead except right at the trailhead.

The trailhead is a dead end of the road which is just barely big enough to turn around.

Approx driving time from Portland to Zig Zag Mountain area: 1.5-2 hours depending on traffic.

Anticipated hike start time: 9:30-10am.

Suggested donation of 10-15 dollars to carpool drivers depending what kind of vehicle and how much miles per gallon.

If you have any questions, please message me. Thank you. I am looking forward to hosting and leading this hiking event. Also meeting people and breaking the ice. Of course, having a good time.

The RSVP will open on Saturday, September 1, 2012. Thanks.