Zigzag Ranger District

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Ranger district office building  and parking area.

Zigzag Ranger District spans parts of the South and West side of Mt Hood.

The District includes 250,000 acres and is located about an hour from Portland.  The district manages one of the region's largest recreation programs including 550 summer homes, 30 developed campgrounds, three ski areas including Timberline Lodge (Timberline Lodge has nearly 2 million visitors a year, and is one of only three National Historic Landmarks in the Forest Service System), many special use permits, over 300 miles of trails, and two wilderness areas.  

The district also manages the Bull Run Watershed cooperatively with the City of Portland, which supplies drinking water to the Portland metropolitan area.  The offices of the ranger district is historic, constructed in the 1930s by the CCC.  Many of the original buildings remain.

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At a Glance

Information Center: 70220 E. Highway 26
Zigzag, Oregon 97049 (503) 622-3191 CLOSED to in-person visits due to COVID-19.  

Recreation Map

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Horse Riding & Camping

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Nature Viewing

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Scenic Driving

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Water Activities

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