From Oregon Hikers Field Guide
- Hikes including this location
- Latitude: 45.35090
- Longitude: -121.80236
- Maps: Portland Hikers Maps Google Maps
- Elevation: 4125 feet
This is a nice small mountain lake on the flanks of the Zigzag Ridge which connects to the southwest side of Mount Hood. There are about 10 designated campsites, marked with a post and the number of the site. Fires are not allowed. The lake is pretty busy on summer weekends, you might not be able to find a vacant site.
The Burnt Lake Trail goes along the northwest side of the lake. You can find a route around the lake, but it requires a bit of bushwacking at places. As long as you're here, walk up the Burnt Lake and Zigzag Mountain Trails to East Zigzag Mountain, about a mile and 900' elevation gain away.
Burnt Lake is named after a 1904 forest fire. An even larger blaze, accidentally started by a local homesteader in 1906, scorched a wider area around the lake. In those days, the forest understory was more open, but most of the big trees remaining were killed by the 1906 fire.
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