West Zigzag Trail #789

This trail accesses the southwest corner of the Mount Hood Wilderness. This trail provides a short access to the ridge of Zigzag Mountain.

From the parking lot at the end of Zigzag Mountain Road (Forest Road 2627) the trail climbs steeply for the first ½ mile. From the switchbacks the grade becomes easier until the junction with Zigzag Mountain Trail #775. For an 8.4 mile clockwise loop, at the north end of this trail, go right (east) on Zigzag Mountain Trail #775 for 3.5 miles to its junction with Devil’s Tie Trail #767. Go right (south) on Devil’s Tie Trail #767 for 0.3 mile to its junction with Burnt Lake Trail #772. Go right (southwest) on Burnt Lake Trail #772 for 2.4 miles to return to the trailhead.

Trail Description and Map (PDF File)

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Be alert for down trees, debris, and hanging limbs due to recent windstorm. *Note: FS Road 2627 is primitive and not recommended for passenger cars or trailers.
Permit Info: Wilderness Permits are required between May 15 and Oct 15.
Restrictions: Wilderness restrictions apply
Closest Towns: Welches, OR
Passes: A valid recreation pass is not required at the trailhead.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Zigzag Ranger District- Zigzag Ranger Station

General Information


From Portland, OR - follow US Hwy 26 20.2 miles east of Sandy and turn left (north), approximately 250 feet before milepost 46, at Zigzag Mountain Road (Forest Road 2627) . Follow this road for 4.3 miles to its end (the road eventually becomes Forest Road 2627-207). The trail begins 100 yards before the end of the road on the left (west) side of the road..


Day Hiking

Recreation areas with activity Day Hiking: 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 #775.

Horse Riding

Recreation areas with activity Horse Riding: See day hiking description

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
2.2 miles

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  Elevation : 
3300' - 4450'