West Zigzag Mountain

  • Easy (to Castle Canyon)
  • 1.8 miles round trip
  • 800 feet elevation gain
  • Open all year


  • Difficult (to lookout site)
  • 11 miles round trip
  • 3100 feet elevation gain
  • Open May through November
  • Use: hikers, horses

Forests cloak this steep ridge in the westernmost corner of the Mt. Hood Wilderness, but two convenient trails lead to viewpoints above the trees. The first is a short but very steep path to a collection of craggy rock towers. The second is a strenuous conditioning hike—a 3000-foot climb at a steady grade to the clifftop site of a former lookout building.

From Portland, drive Highway …

This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Northwest Oregon & Southwest Washington.