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Burnt Lake

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Burnt Lake from the Burnt Lake Trail northwest of the lake (Jerry Adams)


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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