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West Zigzag Trail - No. 789

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Mt. Hood National Forest
70220 E. Hwy. 26
Zigzag, OR 97049
2.4 miles one-way
1.5 - 2.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
2400 feet
Elevation Range:
2400 feet to 3500 feet
Elevation Change:
1100 feet
May to October


This trail enters the 47,160 acre Mt Hood Wilderness Area that is part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. This trail provides a short access to the ridge top of Zigzag Mt.. Coupled with sections of Zigzag Mt trail No. 775 and the southern section of Burnt Lake trail No. 722, this trail provides a loop opportunity. From the parking lot at the end of road 27 the trail climbs steeply for the first ½ miles. From the switchback the grades moderate until the junction with Zigzag Mt. trail No. 775.

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 on the trail. ?? Group size is limited to 12. Stock is counted in the group size. For example, 3 people each riding their own horse plus a spare horse in the group for packing would make a group of 7. ?? Unprocessed livestock feed is prohibited, preventing non-native plant spread.

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.

Noxious weeds have taken a small hold in the Mt Hood Wilderness. To prevent from bringing non-native plants into the forest, clean your animal, trailer, truck and gear before leaving home. A few days before your trip, change your stock over to processed feed and only allow it to graze in weed free pasture. Permits are required between May 15 and Oct 15, but are free and self-issuing at a permit box station along the trail.

2.4 miles one-way
1.5 - 2.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
Elevation Range:
2400 feet to 3500
Elevation Change:
May to October
Basic Directions

Follow US 26, 1.4 miles east of Rhododendron and turn north onto Road 27. Follow this road ( a rough and narrow road not suitable for trailers or low clearance cars) to its end in 4.3 miles. The trail begins 100 yards before the end on the west (left) side of the road.

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