IMG_20150530_115057~2This was a really fun, picturesque hike on the wooded slopes of Mt. Hood. Wonderful hike, clear, perfect day. After an early start, I had to stop in Zigzag to pick up a 1-day NW Wilderness Pass (I hadn’t bought an annual one yet.) The road to get up to the Burnt Lake/Zigzag Mountain Trailhead is exactly the same one that you take to go up to Ramona Falls, except to go to Ramona Falls you bear left, and to get to this trail you head right. Got to use the 4WD again, boy that’s useful! And rugged!

It was a much warmer day than the last hike, and Sugar was definitely feeling it. She kept herself hydrated on trail water (which, I know, isn’t a great idea) but to carry enough water for both of us I’m going to have to get her to start packing her own. Two liters is not really not sufficient to share, especially when you’re going uphill on a warm day. All gear performed fine, though I need to figure out how to load my pack so I have better access to needed things. On the steep downhills and rocky slopes, I definitely wished for poles—those are going to be one of my next gear purchases.

New gear obtained for this trip included new platypus water bottles (to replace the crackly plastic water bottles from the store that didn’t really fit my daypack) as well as a kind of attachable camelback-y straw-y thing. I also got fresh first aid supplies for the first aid kit, and some other basic preparedness supplies. As far as food, I kept myself going with a couple of power bars during the hike, but after the hike I made buckwheat pancakes and then took Nora out for sushi. 🙂


  • Arrived trailhead: 9:14 a.m.
  • Burnt Lake: 10:40 a.m.
  • Zigzag trailhead: 11 am
  • Zigzag summit:  11:30 (lunch, rest, water)
  • In car for home: 2:19 pm (after a loop around the lake and a long break to let Sugar have a swim in the cool water)

Injuries: Dog bite (Accidental. Sugar tried to take a stick out of my hand. Naughty dog!)

Weather: Sunny, clear, perfect

Miles: ~14

Elevation Gain: ~3100

Bugs swallowed: 2

Gear: HiTec Altitude V hiking boots with orange Superfoot insoles, REI silk liner socks under Darn Tough merino wool socks, Nike dry windpants, black cotton t-shirt, Mountainsmith Tour lumbar daypack, platypus collapsible water bottles w/drinking straw apparatus thingy, and my favorite Nike baseball cap.

Identified Gear Gaps: A properly fitting dog harness, hiking poles, fresh (or at least non-expired) sunscreen & bug repellent, strapettes for the lumbar pack, annual NW Wilderness Pass

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