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GregpdxWatched the sunset  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2014
Hiked East Zig Zag trail from Burnt Lake.
Posted Dec 3, 2014 8:35 pm

BCJNice hike  Sucess!

BCJ

Good views of the mountain.
Posted Sep 15, 2008 1:18 pm

BSPclimberZig Zag true summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2008

BSPclimber

Up to the summit only. 1:30 up, an hour down. Bit of a bushwhack this time of year. Rode scooter, was worried about the gravel road in my car. It was fine for the scooter, could avoid all the worst bumps. Next time will do the loop and forget the bushwhack.
Posted Aug 29, 2008 12:28 am

KaedeAwesome  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2008

Kaede

This was my first time backpacking. My boyfriend and I did this trail this past weekend. We planned to do paradise park loop, but a ranger at Timberline (Grace, who was SO rad) told us there was still too much snow. We then decided to do Burnt Lake, on recommendation from my boyfriend's boss. Burnt Lake was filled with too many people and mosquitos, so we bailed and headed up to higher ground and hopefully a cooler spot to camp.

The trail up to East Zig Zag was an adventure. Much of it was covered in snow-which was crazy to climb up with with all the camping gear- but we followed footsteps and finally made it to the beautiful ridge that faced mt hood. It was GREAT! Then we started up the final steep hill to the look out point, encountering two guys who said there was a sweet campsite up top.

He was so right! I have never camped at a more beautiful place. We had the entire mountain top to ourselves, with a hillside full of wildflowers to chill in and watch the spectacular sunset while eating dinner and drinking wine.

I watched the sun rise over mt hood, with views to Mt. St. Helens, Mt Adams, Mt Jefferson, and another mountain that I'm not sure of..

It was the coolest trip ever. Totally worth the pain. During the final trudge up to the lookout, while I felt like my death was imminent, my boyfriend said "Kaede, you are one bad ass bitch."

I would highly recommend this hike to everyone. And if you can convince your girlfriend to backpack up with you, there are probably more rewards in store for you than just the breathtaking view.

:)
Posted Jul 21, 2008 5:07 pm

Brian JenkinsCool loop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2006

Brian Jenkins

Had tried this one a few weeks earlier but only made it to East Zig Zag. Went back again and skipped that peak and headed straight to the true summit in the snow. Lost the trail a few times but was able to refind it. Headed west along the ridge enjoying great views most of the day. Neat cliffs on West Zig Zag and an weasy trail back down to teh car from there. Highly recommended when you have views and early Summer flowers.
Posted Feb 27, 2007 9:22 pm

awilsondcRoute Climbed: Burnt Lake Trail looped with Devil's Tie Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2006

awilsondc

I had been wanting to do this one for a while, but didn't want to take my Ford Taurus up what was supposed to be a pretty bad road. Finally I decided to give it a shot and found out... yeah the road IS pretty bad for a passenger car. Besides the vehicle access, this was an awesome trip! We hiked the burnt lake trail to East Zig Zag which has AMAZING views of Mt. Hood, and looped around to Cast Lake to set up camp. The highlight of the evening was watching several (at least a dozen) crawdads fight over food once the sun started to go down. Great trip... I think I'm going to have to go back assuming I can find someone to go with who has a more suitable vehicle.
Posted Jun 26, 2006 8:31 pm

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