Zigzag Mountain Trail #775

Zigzag Mountain

This trail is in the Mount Hood Wilderness and provides the west-to-east transportation network for the upper south slope of Mount Hood. Two abandoned lookout sites are located along the trail and huckleberries may be abundant from September to frost. There are also many great views of Mt. Hood along this trail.

This trail begins at Forest Road 1819 (East Mountain Drive) and ends at Paradise Park Trail #778. This frequently maintained trail is mostly moderately wide single track trail with the occasional rocky section. Trail traffic is typically light to moderate with the most traffic seen from Devil’s Tie Trail #767 to Horseshoe Ridge #774. Leaving from Forest Road 1819 (1,600’), the trail climbs 3.5 miles to Zigzag Mountain (4,400’). The trail continues on the ridge 1.1 miles to West Zigzag Trail #789, shortly after passing West Zigzag Mountain. From Trail #789, the trail continues on the ridge heading west 1.9 miles to Horseshoe Ridge Trail #774. From this junction, the trail continues climbing 1.6 miles to Devil’s Tie Trail #767. Head north from #767 0.2 miles to the Cast Lake Trail #796. Stay straight on #775 0.1 mile to Cast Creek Trail #773. The trail heads west again for 0.7 mile passing Zigzag East Lookout on the way to Burnt Lake Trail #772. Continue a further 0.3 mile to a second junction with Burnt Lake Trail #772. From here the trail continues climbing west 2.9 miles to its end at Paradise Park Trail #778 (5,040’). There are few reliable sources for water along this trail, so be sure to carry enough water. There are many trails intersecting this trail that make interesting additions to an out-and-back route or a point-to-point, shuttle route.

Trail description & map 

At a Glance

Permit Info: Wilderness permits are required from May 15 to October 15 when provided at a portal. Not all trails will have Wilderness portals. Permits are free and self-issued.
Restrictions: Wilderness restrictions apply
Closest Towns: Welches, OR
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Zigzag Ranger District

General Information


Zigzag Mountain trailhead: From Portland, OR - follow U.S. Hwy 26 17.5 miles east of Sandy to Zigzag. At Zigzag, approximately 0.4 mile past milepost 42, turn left (north) on Lolo Pass Road (Forest Road 18) and follow it for 0.3 mile to East Mountain Drive (Forest Road 1819). Turn right (east) on East Mountain Drive and follow it for 0.5 mile. The trailhead sign is on the left (northeast) side of the road. 

From the east: Follow Paradise Park Trail #778 for 5.3 miles to the junction with Zigzag Mountain Trail #775.


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  Area/Length : 
12.2 miles

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  Elevation : 
1600' - 5040'