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Burnt Lake North Trail - No. 772

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Phone
Phone:
503-622-3191
Address
Mt. Hood National Forest
70220 E. Hwy. 26
Zigzag, OR 97049
Basics
Length:
7.2 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
6 - 7 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
2600 feet
Elevation Range:
2600 feet to 4700 feet
Elevation Change:
2100 feet
Season:
May to November

Description

From the north end, Burnt Lake Trail climbs steadily up to Burnt Lake itself. From the lake the trail climbs more to reach Zigzag Ridge and follows the ridge westward till it drops over the south side descending to Devil’s Meadow area. From Devils Meadow it follows an easier grade down an old roadway to the trailhead.

This trail enters the 47,160 acre Mt Hood Wilderness Area that is part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. Burnt Lake Trail accesses Burnt Lake itself and Zigzag Mt with above treeline vistas. The northside also has wonderful old cedar snags showing remnants of a wildfire that came though around 1900.

Burnt Lake area has been impacted from visitor use. Restoration is occurring and your cooperation is needed for this to be successful. ?? Use the map posted at the lake to locate a day use site or campsite. If all the sites are full, move on to another area away from the lake basin. ?? No fires are permitted within ½ mile of Burnt Lake. Camp stoves are permitted. ?? Wilderness Permits are required between May 15 and Oct 15, but are free and self-issuing at a permit box station along the trail. ?? Group size is limited to 12 in the Mt Hood Wilderness. ?? Unproccessed livestock feed is prohibited, preventing non-native plant spread. Leave No Trace – Most wilderness visitors are aware that they need to minimize their impacts. The cumulative impact of so many visitors has been significant. Make that extra effort to not impact any vegetation especially near the shoreline. Leave no food scapes. Animals become habituated with even the smallest amounts of human food. Be sure that your gear is free of non-native plant material before leaving home. Noxious weeds have taken hold on the south section of the trail.

Length:
7.2 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
6 - 7 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
2600
Elevation Range:
2600 feet to 4700
Elevation Change:
2100
Season:
May to November
Basic Directions

Follow US 26 1.4 miles east of Rhod-odendron to Road 2627(often signed as Rd 27) located on the north side of the highway. Rd 2627 turns into road 2627207, a rough and narrow road. Take to its end in 4.3 miles. The last 1.5 miles is rougher so some drivers choose to park at the almost hairpin turn with the view of Devil’s Falls. No trailer turn around at trailhead. North Access: Follow US 26 18 mi. east of Sandy to the community of Zigzag, turn north (left) at the Zigzag store onto Lolo Pass Road (Rd18). Continue 4 miles, bear right, on Rd. 1825 cross bridge and then continue 1.7 miles to a junction. Bear right on 1825 following it 0.3 miles until the pavement ends at Lost Creek Campground. Continue 0.4 mile, where you stay right on 1825-109 and soon cross Lost Creek itself. Follow the road 0.9 mile to its end at trailhead. No trailer turn around at trailhead.

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