Area Status: Open
This trail enters the Mount Hood Wilderness. This trail climbs a forested ridge above the north side of the Zigzag River eventually accessing the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail and Paradise Park, an alpine meadow with a view of Mt Hood.
This trail begins at Forest Road 2639-021 (2,800’) and ends at Paradise Park Loop Trail #757 (5,760’). From Forest Road 2639-021, the trail climbs gradually before starting up several switchbacks to a flat point after 1.7 miles. The trail continues northwest 0.7 mile to a ridgeline. The trail follows the ridgeline and climbs 3.25 miles to the junction with Zigzag Mountain Trail #775. There are nice views of the Zigzag Canyon along the ridgeline. Continue straight on #778 and after 0.2 mile the trail reaches the junction with the Pacific Crest Trail #2000. The trail continues through meadows and more open forest 0.5 mile to Paradise Park Loop Trail #757. This junction is considered the old trail’s end. The trail continues, however, a further 0.5 mile through alpine meadows to a spectacular viewpoint (6,240’). Part of this trail was reconstructed in 1999 changing the steeper sections into more gradual terrain with switchbacks. The trail is a steady climb most of its length. While it does follow a ridgeline, it is not an “exposed ridge” that would be precarious for stock.
Trail Description and Map (PDF File)
At a Glance
|| 2014: Maintained to the wilderness boundary.
||Wilderness Permits are required between May 15 and Oct 15.
||Wilderness restriction apply
||A valid Recreation Pass is required at the Paradise Park trailhead from May 15th to October 1st.
||Zig Zag Ranger Station
Access from Paradise Park Trailhead.
From Portland, OR - follow U.S. Hwy 26 22 miles east of Sandy and turn left (north) at Kiwanis Camp Road (Forest Road 2639) (approximately 0.6 mile east of milepost 48). Travel 1.2 miles on Kiwanis Camp Road to Forest Road 2639-021. Turn left (north) onto Forest Road 2639-021 and park in the parking area near the end of the road.