Burnt Lake Trail to East Zigzag Summit
As it has been getting warmer, Alex and I decided it was time to hike at a higher elevation, hoping there would not be much snow. We chose to hike near Mount Hood, starting from the North Burnt Lake Trailhead, this past Saturday (22 June 2013). (This hike requires a Northwest Forest Pass). It was a splendid day to hike, not too hot, not too cold. The trail is mostly in the forest, a beautiful forest with Doug-fir and Western Hemlock, and higher up, Pacific Silver Fir (I believe). At this time of the year, there were many wildflowers.
At the start of the hike, there was a sign indicating entrance into a Wilderness.
Alex and I have been trying to learn how to identify trees, and we were baffled by what we learned were Western Hemlock trees. I took a picture of the bark and needles, and we took a cone home to identify. I hope we I.D.ed correctly! By the way, the Western Hemlock is Washington State’s official tree!!!
We saw these three trees growing together.
Along with the trees, I was very interested in the plants and wildflowers along the trail. I am not familiar with the names of all of them, but I will try to accurately label the ones I think I know.
Along the trail, there were a few creek crossings. A couple of them were quite tricky for someone who hasn’t forded many creeks yet. There were, however, some delightful bridges in some areas.
And now, for the reward of hiking 2000 ft up and 4.7 miles along: views of snowy Cascade peaks, most prominently Mount “Hoodington”.
The hike back would have been pleasant, as the grade was very comfortable, but Alex and I were getting hungry and we had eaten all our snacks. Despite this, we had a great time. I would do this hike again, BUT! on a day when perhaps there wouldn’t be as many people camping near Burnt Lake.
Thank you for reading. What are you waiting for? Get hiking!