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 0.5 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. ForestĀ Road 2627 is primitive and not recommended for passenger cars or trailers.
Fees: No fee required.
Permit Info: Wilderness permits are required from May 15 to October 15 when provided at a portal. Not all trails will have Wilderness portals. 
Restrictions: Wilderness restrictions apply
Closest Towns: Welches, OR
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Zigzag Ranger District

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..

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


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 Ā½ 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'