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Castle Canyon Trail - No. 765

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Mt. Hood National Forest
70220 E. Hwy. 26
Zigzag, OR 97049
0.9 mile
1 hour
Trailhead Elevation:
1600 feet
Elevation Range:
1600 feet to 2300 feet
Elevation Change:
700 feet
Almost year round


The trail is steep and narrow, gaining almost 800 feet in elevation in less than one mile. The last ¼ mile is a bit of a scramble. The trail ends at the rock formations.

Castle Canyon, a short day hike into the Mt. Hood Wilderness, leads to interesting tower-like rock formations.

Regulations & Leave No Trace Information: ?? Wilderness Permits are required between May 15 and Oct 15, but are free and self-issuing at a permit box station along the trail. ?? Group size is limited to 12 in the Mt Hood Wilderness. Leave No Trace Principles ?? Plan Ahead and Prepare Be Considerate of Other Visitors ?? Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces Leave What You Find ?? Dispose of Waste Properly Minimize Campfire Impacts ?? Respect Wildlife ??

Please do not place caches, including geocaches, in wilderness. Instead of geocaches, do virtual caches where the destination is a durable surface. The cumulative impact of several groups visiting a pristine area can be significant.

0.9 mile
1 hour
Trailhead Elevation:
Elevation Range:
1600 feet to 2300
Elevation Change:
Almost year round
Basic Directions

Take Hwy 26 to Rhododendron. Take the first road, E. Arlie Mitchell Rd, east of the highway bridge. This is on the north side of the highway. This road points you back westward for 200 yards, then bears right. After 1/4 mile, you will come to a junction with Henry Creek Rd and Rd. 19. Turn left onto the gravel road Rd. 19. Follow it for 1/2 mile to the trailhead. Parking is limited. Be sure not to block driveways. More parking is available a short distance further down the road.

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