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Burnt Lake Trail #772, OR

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Distance One Way 7.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,670 feet
Elevation Gain 2,110 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,126 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 14.88
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East Zigzag Mountain - Burnt & Cast Lakes
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Preferred   Aug, Jul, Sep, Jun
Sun  5:54am - 6:05pm
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Likely In-Season!
Trail access is affected by recreational gate closure on Dec 1st – April 1st annually.

This trail enters the Mt. Hood Wilderness on the west side of Mount Hood. This trail accesses Burnt Lake and Zigzag Mountain with views above treeline. The north side also has wonderful old cedar snags showing remnants of a wildfire that came through around 1900.

Starting from the north Burnt Lake trailhead, this trail begins at Forest Road 1825-109 (2,680’) and ends at Forest Road 2627-207 (3,320’). From Forest Road 1825-109, the trail climbs steadily up to Burnt Lake (4,120’). There is a nice loop trail around the lake accessing several campsites. From the lake the trail continues up a steep climb 0.6 mile and reaches Zigzag Ridge (4,720’). Soon after, the trail reaches Zigzag Mountain Trail #775. Turn right onto Zigzag Mountain Trail #775 and follow the ridge westward 0.3 miles until Burnt Lake Trail #772 drops over the south side of the ridge descending to Devil’s Meadow area. From Devil’s Meadow the trail follows an easier grade down an old roadway to West Zigzag trailhead at Forest Road 2627-207.

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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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2018-06-07 HAZ_Hikebot

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    Most recent Triplog Review
    Burnt Lake Trail #772
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    Beautiful day. Did a loop to Burnt Lake and Cast Lake. Intended on going even further, but ran out of time and was getting tired.

    The drive to the trailhead is really rough- so I wasn't surprised to find I was the only vehicle parked there. Weather was nice, had some issues with mosquitoes, but nothing a little Deet couldn't handle.

    Excellent fishing at Burnt Lake- lost a hefty looking 14" brook trout right at the shoreline as I was pulling it out of the water and pulled in a skinny 10" rainbow shortly afterwards. Fish were jumping and I hooked several more than came off before I got them to shore.

    Cast Lake was super shallow, at least on the west shore where I did most of my fishing. I stopped on the east bank on my way back and did a couple of casts, but the access wasn't great and I gave up since I was tired. But I did see a couple of fish rising.

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    Map Drive

    To hike
    North Burnt Lake Trailhead Recreation Pass REQUIRED
    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). After 4 miles, turn east at Forest Road 1825 and continue 0.6 miles. Turn right across a bridge and continue another 1.1 miles to a fork in the road. Stay right at the fork and continue a 0.7 mile past Lost Creek Campground to Forest Road 1825-109. Turn right onto Forest Road 1825-109 and travel 1 mile to the trailhead at the end of the road.

    South access to Burnt Lake Trail is from West Zigzag trailhead.
    From Portland, follow US Hwy 26 for 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.
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