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[[Category:Northwest Oregon]]
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[[Category:Mount Hood Area]]
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[[Category:Mt Hood National Forest]]
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[[Category:Alpine Hikes]]
 
[[Category:Alpine Hikes]]
 
[[Category:Backpackable Hikes]]
 
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[[Category:Difficult Hikes]]
 
[[Category:Difficult Hikes]]
[[Category:Glacier Hikes]]
 
 
[[Category:Lake Hikes]]
 
[[Category:Lake Hikes]]
[[Category:Mount Hood Area]]
 
[[Category:Northwest Oregon]]
 
 
[[Category:Viewpoint Hikes]]
 
[[Category:Viewpoint Hikes]]
[[Category:Volcanic Feature Hikes]]
 
 
[[Category:Wildflower Hikes]]
 
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[[Image:ParadiseParkZigzagCanyon.jpg|thumb|400px|Mount Hood and the massive Zigzag Canyon from the Zigzag Overlook]]
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[[Category:Hikes]]
[[Image:HiddenLakeTrail01.jpg|thumb|300px|Rhododendron and beargrass blooms make this a great trail in June (photo by Gene Blick)]]
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[[Image:HiddenLake02.jpg|thumb|300px|The small, tranquil Hidden Lake (photo by Gene Blick)]]
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[[Image:ParadiseParkZigzagCanyon.jpg|thumb|400px|Mount Hood and the massive Zigzag Canyon from the Zigzag Overlook ''(Tom Kloster)'']]
[[Image:HiddenLakeProfile.jpg|thumb|300px|Approximate elevation profile (generated from National Geographic ''Topo!'')]]
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[[Image:HiddenLakeTrail01.jpg|thumb|250px|Rhododendron and beargrass blooms make this a great trail in June ''(Gene Blick)'']]
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[[Image:Pinesap (Hypopitys monotropa), Hidden Lake Trail.jpg|thumb|250px|Pinesap ''(Hypopitys monotropa)'', Hidden Lake Trail ''(bobcat)'']]
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[[Image:HiddenLake02.jpg|thumb|250px|The small, tranquil Hidden Lake ''(Gene Blick)'']]
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[[Image:HiddenLakeProfile.jpg|thumb|250px|Approximate elevation profile (generated from National Geographic ''Topo!'')]]
 
[[Image:HiddenLakeTrail.jpg|thumb|400px|Approximate hike route (drawn using National Geographic ''Topo!'')]]
 
[[Image:HiddenLakeTrail.jpg|thumb|400px|Approximate hike route (drawn using National Geographic ''Topo!'')]]
  
* Starting Point: [[Hidden Lake Trailhead]]
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{{Start point|Hidden Lake Trailhead}}
 
* Ending Point: [[Zigzag Overlook]]
 
* Ending Point: [[Zigzag Overlook]]
* Trail Log: [[Hidden Lake Hike/Log|Trail Log]]
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* Trail Log: [[Zigzag Overlook from Hidden Lake Hike/Log|Trail Log]]
* Distance: 12 miles round-trip  
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{{Distance|10.8 miles}} round-trip  
* Elevation Gain: 2800 feet
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{{Elevation gain|2930 feet}}
* High Point: 5850 feet
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* High Point: 5,720 feet
* Difficulty: Difficult
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{{Difficulty|Difficult}}
* Seasons: Summer and early Fall
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* Seasons: Summer and early fall
 
* Family Friendly: No
 
* Family Friendly: No
 
* Backpackable: Yes
 
* Backpackable: Yes
* Crowded: Crowded when you get to the Timberline Trail
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* Crowded: When you get to the Timberline Trail
  
 
=== Description ===
 
=== Description ===
This is a steep, but much quieter trail option to the [[Zigzag Overlook]] and alpine regions on the southwest side of Mount Hood. Much steeper than the more common - and decidedly more busy approach from [[Timerberline Lodge Trailhead|Timberline Lodge]].
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This is a steep but much quieter trail option to the [[Zigzag Overlook]] and alpine regions on the southwest side of [[Mount Hood]]. It is much steeper than the more popular—and decidedly busier—approach from [[Timberline Lodge Trailhead|Timberline Lodge]], but for much of the way, you'll be in quiet montane forest, blooming with rhododendrons in early summer, and not see another soul. Almost the entire route is within the Mt. Hood Wilderness. It's only four miles round-trip to [[Hidden Lake]] itself, but this small feature is mosquito-infested for much of the summer, and it's really the alpine areas you want to get to.
  
The trail starts out as quite a work-out through a fairly new-growth forest. For the first few miles there are no views to speak of, but in late spring this area comes alive with rhododendron and beargrass blooms. For some this is the only time of year to enjoy this hike.
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The trail starts out as quite a workout, passing a picnic table and information kiosk to take four switchbacks up through a fairly young forest. In late spring/early summer this area comes alive with rhododendron and bear-grass blooms. For some, this is the only time of year to enjoy this hike. Come to a viewpoint, from which the noise from nearby Highway 26 is rather loud. Then hike along a level ridge crest before taking two short, sharp switchbacks up the side of a canyon. Now the path undulates along on a fairly level plane in silver fir, western hemlock, Douglas-fir, and cedar woods. At the two-mile mark, pass a spur leading to campsites, and then drop to cross the outflow creek from [[Hidden Lake]]. A 50-yard spur right leads towards [[Hidden Lake]]. Cross the outflow creek to get to the swampy shore and a campsite. Willow and skunk-cabbage crowd the fringe of this small but tranquil body of water, which is further enhanced in June when the rhododendrons are blooming at full force. Stop here for a break on a sunny summer day to admire the dragonflies dancing along the downed trees and watch for newts in the shallow, clear water.
  
The steepness trail does eventually ease up as it approaches [[Hidden Lake]] at the 2.0 mile mark.  The lake is small, but tranquil and quite pretty in June when the rhodies are at full force. Stop here for a break on a sunny summer day and admire the dragonflies dancing along the downed trees, and watch for salamanders in the shallow, clear water.
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Continuing up the main trail, you head up a slope and cross another creek. Then you'll make five switchbacks up to a ridge crest, where you rise and drop gently among the rhododendrons. The trail can be somewhat brushy in these upper reaches as you pass through woods of mature mountain hemlock, silver fir, and huckleberry carpeted with bear-grass. Next, you'll encounter small meadows blooming with lupine before you reach the [[Pacific Crest-Hidden Lake Trail Junction]].
  
From the lake, it's a tough 2 1/2 mile climb in just under 2000 vertical feet before meeting up with the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) (which is also the [[Timberline Trail Hike|Timberline Trail]] on the West side of the mountain). Most of this climb is in second-growth forest. The views are kept as a suprise as you finally approach the timberline.  Coming up on the Hidden Lake Trail junction with the PCT, you'll notice the forest begin to thin out, and the vegetation become more spare. Every footstep kicks up a bit of ancient ash that seems to hang in the air a minute as you pass by.
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Turn left here, and begin winding down on the Pacific Crest Trail, which in this section doubles as the Timberline Trail. Mountain hemlock and silver fir form the subalpine canopy. Leaving the forest, the trail begins a traverse long a steep subalpine meadow and passes a gushing spring. Head into and out of a gully, and cross another meadow where asters bloom in late summer. Copses of subalpine fir and mountain hemlock dot the landscape, but you'll also encounter many more hikers. The sandy track takes you to the [[Zigzag Overlook]], from which you'll get sweeping views of the mountain's southwest slopes. The overlook provides an awe-inspiring view of the magnificent Zigzag Canyon and a classic, picture postcard view of the [[Mount Hood]] summit, with the Zigzag Glacier and Illumination Rock in plain view.
  
Finally you meet up with the Timberline Trail (called the "Skyline Trail" on USGS maps).  At this point you'll likely come across hikers coming from Timberline Lodge, some 1.3 miles to the East (right). From here you'll head left, in a northeasterly direction following the Timberline Trail about a mile until you hit the [[Zigzag Overlook]]
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The overlook is your turnaround point. Return the way you came. For a strenuous loop option, see the [[Paradise Park-Hidden Lake Loop Hike]].
  
The Zigzag Overlook provides an awe-inspiring view of the magnificent ZigZag Canyon and a classic, postcard view of the Mount Hood summit, with Zigzag Glacier and Illumination Rock in plain view.
 
  
More on Zigzag Glacier from [http://www.mounthoodhistory.com/mhhnatural.html www.mounthoodhistory.com]:
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=== Fees, Regulations, etc. ===
:''The Zigzag Glacier originates in the crater between Crater Rock and Hawkins Cliff below Illumination Rock. This was the first Glacier on Mt. Hood to be trod upon by the white man when Joel Palmer climbed the slope in 1845. The Zigzag Glacier today has receded vastly. It drains into the Zigzag River, Lost Creek, and Rushing Water Creek.''
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* Self-issued wilderness permit
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* Wilderness rules apply
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* Picnic table, information kiosk at trailhead
  
The overlook is your turnaround pointReturn back the way you came.   
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=== Maps ===
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{{Hikemaps|latitude=45.3256|longitude=-121.7626}}
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* [http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5359813.pdf Hidden Lake Trail #779 (USFS)]
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* [http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprd3795861.pdf Timberline Trail #600 (USFS)]
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* Green Trails Maps: ''Government Camp, OR #461'' and ''Mt Hood, OR #462''
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* Adventure Maps: ''Mt. Hood Area''
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* U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service: ''Zigzag Ranger District''
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* Discover Your Northwest: ''Mt. Hood National Forest North: Trail Map & Hiking Guide''
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* U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service: ''Mt. Hood National Forest''
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* National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map: ''Mount Hood''
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* National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map: ''Mount Hood Wilderness''
  
However, there are some other options as well.  You could do a loop: continuing along the Timberline Trail past the Zigzag Overlook and down into and across Zigzag Canyon.  As you climb back out of the canyon, you'll pick up the Paradise Park Trail at mile 7.7.  Heading left from this point, follow the Paradise Park Trail 5.2 miles back down to the [[Paradise Park Trailhead]].  The return back to your starting point would be another 0.8 miles from there.  The total mileage for this trip would be about 13.5 miles round trip with 3500' elevation gain.  This would be a very strenuous hike!  For more information about this option see the [[Paradise Park Hike]].
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{{TripReports|Zigzag Overlook from Hidden Lake}}
  
There are a couple campsites along the Timberline Trail but no drinking water.
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{{RelatedDiscussions|Zigzag Overlook from Hidden Lake}}
  
=== Trip Reports ===
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=== Guidebooks that cover this hike ===
(Click [http://portlandhikers.com/forums/AddPost.aspx?ForumID=8 here] to add your own)
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* ''Best Hikes Near Portland, Oregon'' by Fred Barstad
 
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* ''Hiking Oregon's Mount Hood & Badger Creek Wilderness'' by Fred Barstad
=== Related Conversations / Q&A ===
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* ''Afoot & Afield: Portland/Vancouver'' by Douglas Lorain
(Click [http://portlandhikers.com/forums/AddPost.aspx?ForumID=141 here] to ask a question or start a conversation)
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* ''Hikes & Walks on Mt. Hood'' by Sonia Buist & Emily Keller
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* ''70 Hiking Trails: Northern Oregon Cascades'' by Don & Roberta Lowe
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* ''62 Hiking Trails: Northern Oregon Cascades'' by Don & Roberta Lowe
  
 
=== More Links ===
 
=== More Links ===
* [http://www.mounthoodhistory.com/mhhnatural.html www.mounthoodhistory.com]
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* [http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mthood/recarea/?recid=53126  Hidden Lake Trail #779 (USFS)]
* [http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/Volcanoes/Hood/Glaciers/description_hood_glaciers.html Mount Hood Glaciers (USGS site)]
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* [http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mthood/recarea/?recid=53506  Timberline National Historic Trail #600 (USFS)]
* [http://www.localhikes.com/Hikes/HiddenMH_6442.asp Hidden Lake on LocalHikes.com]
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* [https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/oregon/hidden-lake-trail  Hidden Lake Trail (All Trails)]
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* [https://wanderingyuncks.wordpress.com/2016/08/24/paradise-park-via-hidden-lake-trail/  Paradise Park via Hidden Lake Trail (wanderingyuncks)]
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* [http://nwhiker.com/MHNFHike16.html Hidden Lake Hike (Northwest Hiker)] (to the lake only)
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* [http://www.mounthoodhistory.com/mhhnatural.html  Mt. Hood Natural History (Mount Hood History)]
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=== Page Contributors ===
 
=== Page Contributors ===
 
* [[User:Retiredjerry]]
 
* [[User:Retiredjerry]]

Latest revision as of 21:52, 28 March 2020

Mount Hood and the massive Zigzag Canyon from the Zigzag Overlook (Tom Kloster)
Rhododendron and beargrass blooms make this a great trail in June (Gene Blick)
Pinesap (Hypopitys monotropa), Hidden Lake Trail (bobcat)
The small, tranquil Hidden Lake (Gene Blick)
Approximate elevation profile (generated from National Geographic Topo!)
Approximate hike route (drawn using National Geographic Topo!)
  • Start point: Hidden Lake TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • Ending Point: Zigzag Overlook
  • Trail Log: Trail Log
  • Distance: 10.8 miles round-trip
  • Elevation gain: 2930 feet
  • High Point: 5,720 feet
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Seasons: Summer and early fall
  • Family Friendly: No
  • Backpackable: Yes
  • Crowded: When you get to the Timberline Trail

Contents

Description

This is a steep but much quieter trail option to the Zigzag Overlook and alpine regions on the southwest side of Mount Hood. It is much steeper than the more popular—and decidedly busier—approach from Timberline Lodge, but for much of the way, you'll be in quiet montane forest, blooming with rhododendrons in early summer, and not see another soul. Almost the entire route is within the Mt. Hood Wilderness. It's only four miles round-trip to Hidden Lake itself, but this small feature is mosquito-infested for much of the summer, and it's really the alpine areas you want to get to.

The trail starts out as quite a workout, passing a picnic table and information kiosk to take four switchbacks up through a fairly young forest. In late spring/early summer this area comes alive with rhododendron and bear-grass blooms. For some, this is the only time of year to enjoy this hike. Come to a viewpoint, from which the noise from nearby Highway 26 is rather loud. Then hike along a level ridge crest before taking two short, sharp switchbacks up the side of a canyon. Now the path undulates along on a fairly level plane in silver fir, western hemlock, Douglas-fir, and cedar woods. At the two-mile mark, pass a spur leading to campsites, and then drop to cross the outflow creek from Hidden Lake. A 50-yard spur right leads towards Hidden Lake. Cross the outflow creek to get to the swampy shore and a campsite. Willow and skunk-cabbage crowd the fringe of this small but tranquil body of water, which is further enhanced in June when the rhododendrons are blooming at full force. Stop here for a break on a sunny summer day to admire the dragonflies dancing along the downed trees and watch for newts in the shallow, clear water.

Continuing up the main trail, you head up a slope and cross another creek. Then you'll make five switchbacks up to a ridge crest, where you rise and drop gently among the rhododendrons. The trail can be somewhat brushy in these upper reaches as you pass through woods of mature mountain hemlock, silver fir, and huckleberry carpeted with bear-grass. Next, you'll encounter small meadows blooming with lupine before you reach the Pacific Crest-Hidden Lake Trail Junction.

Turn left here, and begin winding down on the Pacific Crest Trail, which in this section doubles as the Timberline Trail. Mountain hemlock and silver fir form the subalpine canopy. Leaving the forest, the trail begins a traverse long a steep subalpine meadow and passes a gushing spring. Head into and out of a gully, and cross another meadow where asters bloom in late summer. Copses of subalpine fir and mountain hemlock dot the landscape, but you'll also encounter many more hikers. The sandy track takes you to the Zigzag Overlook, from which you'll get sweeping views of the mountain's southwest slopes. The overlook provides an awe-inspiring view of the magnificent Zigzag Canyon and a classic, picture postcard view of the Mount Hood summit, with the Zigzag Glacier and Illumination Rock in plain view.

The overlook is your turnaround point. Return the way you came. For a strenuous loop option, see the Paradise Park-Hidden Lake Loop Hike.


Fees, Regulations, etc.

  • Self-issued wilderness permit
  • Wilderness rules apply
  • Picnic table, information kiosk at trailhead

Maps

  • Maps: Hike Finder
  • Hidden Lake Trail #779 (USFS)
  • Timberline Trail #600 (USFS)
  • Green Trails Maps: Government Camp, OR #461 and Mt Hood, OR #462
  • Adventure Maps: Mt. Hood Area
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service: Zigzag Ranger District
  • Discover Your Northwest: Mt. Hood National Forest North: Trail Map & Hiking Guide
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service: Mt. Hood National Forest
  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map: Mount Hood
  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map: Mount Hood Wilderness

Trip Reports

Related Discussions / Q&A

Guidebooks that cover this hike

  • Best Hikes Near Portland, Oregon by Fred Barstad
  • Hiking Oregon's Mount Hood & Badger Creek Wilderness by Fred Barstad
  • Afoot & Afield: Portland/Vancouver by Douglas Lorain
  • Hikes & Walks on Mt. Hood by Sonia Buist & Emily Keller
  • 70 Hiking Trails: Northern Oregon Cascades by Don & Roberta Lowe
  • 62 Hiking Trails: Northern Oregon Cascades by Don & Roberta Lowe

More Links


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