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Timberline Lodge to Zig Zag Canyon

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Mount Hood Wilderness

Timberline Lodge to Zig Zag Canyon is a 4.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Government Camp, Oregon that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 4.7 mi Elevation gain 885 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Backpacking Camping Hiking Forest River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky
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Hike from Timberline Lodge, along the PCT, to the Zig Zag Canyon overlook, and slightly up the ridge above, then back

Rated this moderate only because of the altitude. If you are sensitive to higher elevations this makes it more difficult.

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Ulli Braut
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Sandy, great view but very busy. 09/05/20

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Anthony Weissman
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Nice moderately easy trail to canyon ridge. Smoke from nearby wildfires consumed the fresh air.

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Eric Paul
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julie greenough
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Hiking

Awesome view of mt hood, nice hike- not too difficult. We went right on the pct from timberline lodge initially, but to go to zig zag canyon go left towards Canada :)

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Michelle Fitzgerald
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Beautiful trail with amazing views

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Adam Milliren
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beautiful! usually going up or down gentle slopes. some sand and some muddy areas and some water crossing too!

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Jim Krauel
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HikingGreat!

Did this on Sept. 5, before the smoke, and it was glorious. Have done top-rated hikes the past 8 weekends and this was my fave. Had no idea of the beautiful payoff at the bottom of the canyon. Mini-Waterfalls and then a stunning waterfall. 75% of folks wore masks while a lesser percentage of folks practiced respectful hiking etiquette. View of Jefferson was super. Tree tunnel was peaceful.

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Kendra Phillips
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Greg Landgraf
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Easy going out and back with some loose gravel areas where we needed to watch our step. It’s a great moderate short hike to get your daily dose of nature. Lots of folks out on the trail despite the heat and smoke filled air. The sun was a bit orange from the smoke and made for interesting vibes walking through the trees mid day.

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Catherine Boles
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Great view from Zigzag canyon. Had to mask up a lot for crossings with other hikers. Hint of smoke from fire in SE. Get to Timberline early to get a parking spot.

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Michael Mackin
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Awesome

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Bob Spooner
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Amy Miller
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Sandy, not many people, quiet, beautiful, some flowers and berries to be seen

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Britt D
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HikingGreat!

Great Sunday morning hike for our family of five (kids ages 5, 8, and 10). It was a fun mix of green forests with light shade, sandy/rocky trails that "looked like the moon," an unexpected and miniature waterfall, and beautiful views up and down the mountain. We were worried about the incline on the way back up, but it wasn't an issue. The Alpine flowers were beautiful but starting to fade—next year we'll do this hike in early to mid-August to see them in full bloom.

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David M
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Great gentle up and down on mostly sandy trails with amazing views of Mt Hood, all hills and Mt Jefferson to the south. This trails is total 4.7 miles out and back to Zigzag River Canyon (amazing views, you’ll know when you get there). Start high behind Timberline Lodge, to the right of lodge looking at the mountain. August was a good time to see Mt Hood without snow.

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tera underwood
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HikingGreat!No shade
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Andrea Turner
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Very kid-friendly as it alternates up and down so well. Never seems overwhelming. My 5 year old handled it pretty well. The end is a beautiful view of Hood. It didn’t disappoint! Loved our quick introduction to Hood. We will be back one day, probably without three kids in tow. :)

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Katrina Jajko
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Pretty easy trail other than a few uphill spots, just get there early so you don’t have to fight for a parking spot

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Christian Graham
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It’s a great out and back trail and a perfect place to watch the sunrise!

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Thomas Kerr
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Trail was in good shape.

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Matthew O'Brien
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Jason Snider
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Paul Thomason
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Beautiful and easy hike. Not many people on the trail on a Monday afternoon.

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Melanie Means
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Glen Allen
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Hard lots of ups and downs but very pretty wildflower are amazing

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Scott Shepherd
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Backpacking

Below average scenery compared to Goat Rock Wilderness area trails. Lot of time in the trees/timberline.

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Jason Janney
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Really clean with the exception of the blown down going toward Sandy R. A few people, super nice though.

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Cameron Strauss
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Trail in good condition, most people wearing masks.

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Linh Libuit
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8/12-8/15. Mid-August is the best time to do this trail. No mosquitos, wild flowers are in full bloom, cool weather, river crossings are manageable. So rewarding once you finish!

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