Zigzag Mountain Trail

HARD 17 reviews
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Zigzag Mountain Trail is a 24.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Rhododendron, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 24.4 miles Elevation Gain: 7,473 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

Directions from Sandy: Travel east on Highway 26 to Zigzag. Turn left (north) at the Zigzag store onto Lolo Pass Road, following it four miles to East Mountain Drive, located on the right side of the road. Follow East Mtn Dr. for 0.6 miles. The trailhead is on the left (northeast) side of the road with limited parking available

hiking
6 months ago

This hike has serious elevation gain in the first 4 miles (3,000 feet?) but the trail was smooth and level, easy to walk on and through beautiful forest. The views at the top were excellent both of Mt Hood and down into the valley you hike out of. The difficulty of the first part of the hike weeds out most people. On a wonderful, sunny, cool July Saturday we saw 4 people. Pack water! We had 2 bottles each and needed it on a 75-80 degree day with a gentle breeze.

backpacking
Sat Jun 16 2018

Solo backpacked this on 6/15/18. Cloudy, gloomy and in the mid 50’s. No views today unfortunately, but maybe next time! Didn’t see another person on the trail until the zigzag lookout. A few downed trees along the way, but noting you can’t crawl over or under, unless you’re carrying a 36 lb backpack. A few spots with snow left on the trail once you reach 5000ft, but it’s easy to walk across to stay on the trail still.

backpacking
Wed May 30 2018

We hiked this trail on 5/26/18 to Cast Lake. We encountered snow above 4500ft, which slowed us down. Wow... This was a duzey with a 50lb pack, but we made it. We took the Cast creek trail out which was a welcome 6 mile hike. Then we hitched down Lolo Pass to my car at the zig zag mt. trailhead. This hike is not for amateurs.

horseback riding
Wed Dec 27 2017

One of my go to summer rides for fit horses. Several loops,are possible as well. If you & your horse are in shape this is a rewarding ride, however blow down can be an issue.

Sun Jul 02 2017

I would have rated this 5-stars if the trail was better maintained. some parts are getting hard to follow and quite a few downed trees. from fire road 18 it starts off a little unimpressive- just a lot of switchbacks in the woods. but once you get up to the Ridgeline, views are awesome - if visibility is good, there is a vantage point about 10 miles in where you can see 5 of the surrounding stratovolcanoes.

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