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  • Writer's pictureTina McLain

Little Zigzag Falls

Updated: Apr 28

A short hike to a beautiful waterfall in Mount Hood National Forest.

Waterfall Name: Little Zigzag Falls

Waterfall Coordinates: 45.31278, -121.79111 Waterfall Elevation: 3216′ Access: Trail Distance: 0.6 miles (round trip) Elevation range: 3100′ to 3200′ Ascent/Descent: +288 ft / -114 ft Trail Type: In and out Trails: Little Zigzag Falls #795 C

Permits/Fees: NW Forest Pass required for parking. Note: This is an easy, short hike. It is a popular place.

Location: Near Government Camp in Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon, U.S.A.

Administration: Mount Hood National Forest

Ranger District: Zigzag Ranger District Date Accessed: 6-18-20

The Forest Service trail description said that the hike to the falls was a “gentle uphill trail.” Compared to what I’d call “gentle uphill,” it was pretty much flat. Like put your hand out flat and then barely tilt it and that’s what “uphill” was.

The wide trail was well worn and maintained. It followed a creek up to the waterfall. It was very pretty and an incredibly easy hike. It is definitely a popular hike due to this. I saw multiple people on the trail, but was lucky enough to have the waterfall to myself for a few minutes.

There were 3 muddy sections of trail, but nothing too bad. It was 0.3 miles to the falls one way. The falls were a lot bigger than I was expecting. There were exposed roots to one side of the waterfall that really framed it well. I was surprised by how beautiful I found it. I spent a few minutes taking pictures. I didn’t bring a tripod so I wasn’t able to quite get the effect I was wanting, but the pictures turned out alright anyways.

How to get there (from Sandy, OR)



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